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Hull View: 'Leeds Can Be Beaten'

Hull View: 'Leeds Can Be Beaten'

Hull City's most anticipated game of the season? Definitely. Their biggest test to date? Arguably.

Ideas how Peter Taylor will approach it? Close to none.

Despite their high league placing this year, Leeds are far from invincible and City must make life uncomfortable for them in front of their home fans.

It has not happened too often this campaign but Taylor must surely be tempted to keep faith with the team that comfortably saw off Ipswich on Wednesday.

Jason Price's display ensured his would ordinarily be one of the first names on the team-sheet tomorrow but that is not certain.

With the dangerous attacking threats of Eddie Lewis, David Healey and Robbie Blake - to name but three - City will have to be at their defensive best to stand any chance.

Whether Taylor believes Price is capable of helping out Ryan France or Mark Lynch remains to be seen. But you would think that he would again turn to his Irish connection of Damien Delaney and Keith Andrews in the middle of the park to shore things up in front of the back four.

The now recognised pairing of Sam Collins and Leon Cort will have to be at their best against what will be one of the most talented attacks in the Championship.

Taylor has always insisted this year that he never goes into any game not going for the win and if he's to stand any chance at Elland Road, his defence will need an outlet.

Step forward Craig Fagan. The pacy striker may not have weighed in with as many goals as he or his manager would have liked this year, but his work-rate has been consistently superb.

Again he is expected to have the thankless task of leading City's line - either alone or with Billy Paynter - and Fagan will provide the best source of a counter attack.

If he can target the likes of Leeds captain Paul Butler - not renowned for his pace - Fagan could play an instrumental role in any positive City result.






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