What's all this talk of a bogey team? Just because Leeds have had a player sent off on each of their last three visits to Ipswich and haven't won at Portman Road since 2001, the doom and gloom merchants are talking down the prospects of getting a result that would confirm Leeds as promotion or play off contenders for the coming season. What nonsense.
Past performance has no relevance for the here and now. Leeds are unbeaten after three and Ipswich have only won one out of three. That's the key stat. Presumably the Tractor boys don't bribe the referee with a dozen eggs and a side of bacon before kick off, so there's no reason why a red card should be shown again; indeed, statistically, it must be close to an impossibility for a repeat red.
It is true that Ipswich have won their only home game so far this season and that Leeds drew both their one away game and the last home match, but look at the opposition. The result at Leicester was very decent and the home draw against Wednesday was highly predictable. Yes Leeds are struggling to score, but the Reverend McDermott has built a much more compact, much more resilient unit that are not derailing under pressure as they did under Old Big Gob, as a record of two goals conceded in three games illustrates.
McCormack has his tail up, meanwhile, and Hell Hadji is on his way back, though given the red card history at Ipswich, it would be a brave man who brings him back for this one! Reg Varney is also due a goal around about the 85th minute based on his career record stats. Some are talking up Mick McCarthy but that really is taking the Mick, the guy is a dinosaur like Warnock, and the Reverend should be able to out think him comfortably.
Yes it is a long round trip, which some seem to be blaming, but last season Leeds chugged across travelling Warnock Third Class; now everybody has climbed aboard the Feel Good Factor Express so even the journey should be fun.
My money is on a 1-0 win for Leeds.