Owain Tudur Jones comments on Leeds clash, waxes-lyrical about Elland Road & Villa Park

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at Riverside Stadium on February 9, 2019...

Leeds United, Aston Villa and Swansea City will be just a number of clubs involved in Championship action on Wednesday night.

Leeds United fans show their support for manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 02, 2019 in Leeds,...

Owain Tudur Jones has claimed that 'all the pressure' will be on Leeds when they take on his former club Swansea City on Wednesday night.

The former Championship player also waxed-lyrical about feeling a 'sense of heritage' when teams visit places such as Elland Road and Villa Park in the second tier of English football. 

The Swans will be visiting Yorkshire and hoping to further dent Marcelo Bielsa's chances of keeping hold of an automatic place in what is proving to be a crucial month in the race for promotion. 


Jones shared his thoughts on the Swans clash at Leeds and spoke about why grounds such as Elland Road and Villa Park are 'special'. 

"Leeds away is a tricky one, but they have not been on the sort of run they would have wanted and really the pressure is all on them," Jones told Swansea's official website. 

"But Elland Road is a special ground, in a day and age where there are so many new grounds, you can feel the history. It may not be as spacious as some places but, like going to Villa Park and places like that, it has a sense of heritage.

"As soon as you walk out you know you are at a big club and playing in front of a hostile crowd. They feel the world is against them and that brings a real togetherness."

The Holte End cheers on the Aston Villa players in the final moments of the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on...

Both Villa and Leeds hold the biggest grounds in the second tier of English football - Villa Park holds just over 42,000 spectators and Elland Road holds just under 38,000.

Added with that, both clubs are the best supported in the division, with over 550,000 fans watching the Midlands side in action this season and 488,000 watching the Whites, according to transfermarkt.  

Nonetheless, Leeds will be hoping their home crowd can push guide them to a much-needed three points against the Swans following their 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last time out. 

Bielsa's side are currently sitting three points ahead of third-placed Sheffield United in the table and they have picked up only two wins in the league since the turn of the year.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham on Saturday 26th January 2019.

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