The Robins look to be up against it this weekend, with up to eight first team players ruled out for the home clash with Leeds.
United’s away form has been inconsistent this season, but they still find themselves sitting in 3rd. This despite not winning away from Elland Road since the 20th of September.
Along with the fact that the Robins were the only team to complete the double over Leeds last season, there maybe a glimmer of hope come Saturday afternoon.
Martin Allen (speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo): ‘We have injuries and suspensions, but we will put out a team that will be more competitive than last weekend. Leeds have a great tradition and a great history.
It wasn’t long ago that they were in the Champions League semi-finals. But they are in this division now and we can’t be awestruck’
Leeds captain, Frazer Richardson (speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post): ‘Football comes down to results and the thing for us at the moment is that we haven’t turned any of the last three performances into wins. We’ve been exceptional at home and the time’s come for us to do that on the road. Saturday’s a crucial game which I feel we need to win’
Cheltenham Team News:
Shane Duff, Damien Spencer, John Finnigan and Dave Bird are ruled out. Whilst Alex Russell is struggling with an ankle injury.
Lloyd Owusu is suspended following his red card at MK Dons last weekend and Ian Westlake is ineligible under the terms of his loan deal from Leeds.
Player to watch: Josh Payne
Extended his loan spell this week and will be looking to continue the form which has earned him rave reviews at Whaddon Road.
Leeds Team News:
Andrew Hughes is a doubt having missed the last two games with a groin strain. Paul Huntington and Alan Sheehan are both ruled out with groin and hamstring injuries respectively. Whilst Casper Ankergren will be hoping to keep his place in goal at the expense of David Lucas.
Player to watch: Fabian Delph
The teenager has impressed at the heart of midfield in recent times and netted a brace against Walsall last weekend.
Match Facts & Stats
The two teams have only ever played each other twice, with Cheltenham victorious in both games.
Last season’s 1-0 home victory was fortunate, with former striker Steve Gillespie netting the winner. The 2-1 win at Elland Road was much more deserved, as Dave Bird and Alex Russell struck before Anthony Elding headed in a late consolation.