Leeds trio can play without pressure against Sheffield United, as suspension rule kicks in

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gives instructions too substitute Samu Saiz at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Saturday.

Leeds United's Samu Saiz holds off the challenge from Nottingham Forest's Jack Colback at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United's clash against local rivals Sheffield United is expected to be a feisty one on Saturday lunchtime at Bramall Lane, with the Whites also playing for the chance to go top of the Championship.

There was five yellow cards in the previous meeting which saw Leeds lose 2-1 at Bramall Lane back in February, while last season's Elland Road clash saw eight yellow cards produced - and another 2-1 Sheffield United win.

It promises to be another hotly-contested encounter between two sets of fans and players that have long had a rivalry due to their geographical position on the map. And a Leeds trio have been given a huge boost.

 

Barry Douglas, Samu Saiz and Gjanni Alioski are all renowned for their fiery temper and are likely to be excited for Saturday's clash. But on each player is on four yellow cards.

However, the EFL's 19-game rule means they can now play without pressure, as the guideline states that if a player receives a fifth yellow in the 19th Championship fixture, then they will not receive a suspension.

Barry Douglas of Leeds United takes a throw in during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol City at Elland Road on November 24, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Clubs have reached the cut-off point in which prior to the 19th fixture, five yellow cards would have resulted in a one-match ban. But now, players will have to get 10 yellows to earn a suspension.

The rule will come as a huge boost to Douglas, Saiz and Alioski, who can go into the match without the worry in the back of their mind of picking up a suspension. With yellows aplenty in this fixture, it has come just at the right time.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United complains to referee Mike Dean as he is booked for diving during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Reading at Elland Road on November...

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