Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that crucified QPR on the same ground just four days ago. Shaun Derry has not joined Leeds yet and so will miss his expected debut game. Einarsson cannot play as he is still officially a Lillestrom player. Consequently, Matthew Spring is expected to be on the bench as he recovers from a hip injury, the latest problem in an injury-blighted start to the season. Although Spring has played in 2 League Cup games this season he has yet to make his full League debut! He has appeared on the subs bench for just 4 Championship games. By contrast he averaged 40 games a season for seven years whilst at Luton! Finally if there is a penalty David Healy will take it despite his miss that meant we missed out on the magic 7-1 scoreline on Saturday. Healy says his confidence hasn't been dented by the miss and besides he's already put a penalty past the Watford keeper this season!
Unlike Leeds, Watford, had a disappointment at the weekend managing just a goalless draw with bottom club Rotherham United. However, Leeds fans should note that Watford under Ray Lewington have not been defeated in the last ten games in all competitions, but that run has included seven draws in their last eight Championship contests! Watford have both good and bad news on the player front: right back Lloyd Doyley has recovered from a hamstring injury and should play; but French striker Hameur Bouazza will miss the game thanks to a dislocated right shoulder that he sustained in Saturday's draw with Rotherham United. How unusual for any South Yorkshire side to do Leeds United any favours!
Frankly, if it weren't for the size of Saturday's victory this game would have "draw" written all over it!