Pablo Hernandez (11/1 To Score From Outside The Box – Friday Live Match Specials) feels the backing of the Leeds United faithful can be the key to them edging Friday’s Championship promotion six-pointer against West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road.
The intriguing fight for a place in the Premier League next season continues as third-placed Leeds (11/4 Outright) can jump into top spot with a victory, while the Baggies, who are fourth, will move to within a point of the Whites and Sheffield United in the final automatic promotion place with a win.
Whites boss Marco Bielsa has issued a public show of support in his players by confirming that he will stick with the same starting XI from Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at QPR – their fifth defeat in 10 Championship games – which has resulted in the Yorkshire outfit dropping out of the top-two places.
And Hernandez feels the fact they have not had much time to dwell on the Loftus Road reverse can help the players as they bid to get back to winning ways and move seven points clear of their opponents in the process.
He said: “I think the feeling we have is that we want to play again to win and recover the confidence.
“We know it is an important game. We play the fourth team in the table and we know if we win we can open up a gap over them. But we don’t need to think too much other than trying to win three points.”
West Brom arrive on the back of a 1-0 home defeat against Sheffield United last Saturday, but they have won eight of their past nine away Championship games, including the last four in a row, while they have defeated Leeds in their past three meetings, scoring at least three goals on each occasion.
The omens appear to be with Darren Moore’s side, but Hernandez is adamant that the Leeds fans can give the home players an extra edge (Leeds 5/4, West Brom 12/5, Draw 5/2 – Match Result).
He added: “We expect a great atmosphere. We know that the Leeds fans will support us.
“Every game this season and the next game for us is the same. We need them. When we feel them we have extra power and we have a twelfth man on the pitch.”
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