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LUFC Leeds v Exeter Vital Football Preview

The Football League season kicks off again this weekend and Leeds welcome newly promoted Exeter City to Elland Road.

Form

Leeds
Leeds finished the normal season the form side in League One and have currently won their last eleven League games in a row, a club record.
The only blot on this was the draw with Millwall in the Play off semi final in Leeds final competitive game of the season.

Exeter
Exeter finished their season in League Two with a 1-0 victory at Rotherham United which clinched the club promotion to League One.

Opening day stats

Leeds
The Whites will be wanting to continue a record that stretches all the way back to 1990, that was when they last lost on the opening day of the season at Newcastle United 5-2, ironically Leeds won the old Second Division title that season.
Since then they have won twelve and drawn seven.

It`s the first time Leeds have started the season at home since 2006/07 when they beat Norwich City 1-0.
They have won their last five opening day fixtures in a row, the last time they drew was in Leeds last season in the Premiership when they drew 2-2 at Elland Road against Newcastle.

Exeter
Exeter also have a good record on the opening day of the season in recent years. The last time they lost on the opening day was when they lost 1-0 at Shrewsbury in 2002.

In the last six seasons they have won two and drawn four.
This is the fifth season in a row that they have started the season away from home.
This is the first time since the 1993/94 season that they have started the season as high as the third tier of English football.
They have enjoyed back to back promotions in the last two seasons, they won the conference play off final in 2007 and finished second in League Two last season.




Men to watch

Leeds United

Jermaine Beckford - Finished last season with 34 goals in League One and after a summer which has seen him put on and then taken off the transfer list, he will want to start the season with a flurry of goals.


Exeter City

Marcus Stewart - Veteran of the game Stewart still knows his way around a football pitch and his experience and goals may be a key factot this season if the Grecians are to stay up.

History

The two clubs have never met in the League before, infact this is the first meeting between the two clubs since they met in an FA Cup tie in 1931.

On Exeter`s only previous visit to Elland Road in 1929 they lost 5-1 in an FA Cup replay.

1928/29 Exeter City 2-2 Leeds United FA Cup
1928/29 Leeds United 5-1 Exeter City FA Cup
1930/31 Exeter City 3-1 Leeds United FA Cup

Betting (Best odds from Oddschecker)

Title Odds
Leeds 4/1 (Ladbrokes)
Exeter 80/1 (Ladbrokes & William Hills)

Match betting
Leeds win 1-2
Draw 10-3
Exeter win 13/2

First scorer (Selected players)
Beckford (Leeds) 7/2
Becchio (Leeds) 5/1
Snodgrass (Leeds) 13/2
Adam Stansfield (Exeter) 10/1
Craig McAllister (Exeter) 12/1
Marcus Stewart (Exeter) 14/1
Patrick Kisnorbo (Leeds) 33/1
Rob Edwards (Exeter) 50/1




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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 6 2009

Time: 9:18PM

Your Comments

Can't believe the season is once again upon us. Come on Leeds no messing about this season lets go up in the top two. I can;t handle another year in the Play off positions and having to play catch up. I really think we have a great management team and he's made signings in all the areas we have been screaming for.
dazza71
Let`s not underestimate Exeter-they`ve just come up and could be dark horses. I suspect this opening game will be tougher than we think. But whatever happens this Saturday let`s make this our final season in League One as our meteoric rise back to where we belong begins- On and on and on and on...
Rotherham White
Hopefully we'll enter the season on fire. Failing that I'll take a few scrappy wins until we find our feet. The majority of the squad have been together a while now, so they are used to playing together so there's no excuses for giving the team time to gel etc. I expect us to hit the top of the league quickly & remain there!
AndyCapsXI
This will be Exeters big arrival in Div1 and biggest away game of the season. They will be running on adrenalin and I expect them to be lively first 20 mins. We all underestimated MKD and Peterborough last season and got a spanking off Olham first match at ER last season so lets get this off to a winning start.
erni
Lets get off to a flying start and show the rest we mean business this season
Tiny T
new season,new management,new signins,new era for leeds united fc...lets get marching on together out of leauge 1..
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