Dominic Matteo sends Leeds United warning over what to expect v Crystal Palace
Dominic Matteo has told Leeds to expect an ‘electric’ atmosphere at Selhust Park on Monday, but says they have the pace to make the game winnable.
The Whites travel to take on Crystal Palace on Monday night five points above the relegation zone with six games remaining in their battle against relegation.
While Palace have enjoyed a good season so far, ex-Leeds defender Matteo was appearing on the pre-match show on the official club Twitter account when he warned his former side of the atmosphere that awaits them and predicted a tight affair.
“Start on the front foot, you know it’s never going to be easy at Palace,” he said.
“I tell you one thing about Palace is the atmosphere is electric, it’s one of the best noises apart from Elland Road.
“It’s noisy, they’re up for it and under Patrick Vieira, he’s installed that bit of confidence into them. They want to get a bit more solidarity into their team as well, they’ve got lots of flair players, but defensively we can get at them with the pace we’ve got going forward.
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“I think it’s a winnable game but it won’t be easy and like you say, both sets of fans are going to enjoy that even though it’s on a Monday. It’s never handy for them on a Monday but there’ll be there as usual making a lot of noise and I think it’ll be a great, tight game.”
By the time kick off comes around on Monday night, a win in this game could all but secure safety for Leeds United after Everton’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Under Jesse Marsch the club have pulled away from the chase and created distance, but they’re not completely safe yet and will be keen to wrap it up as soon as possible.
Their pace on the counter attack with the likes of Daniel James and the great form of Jack Harrison and Rodrigo mean they have a genuine chance of causing an upset.
Palace have nothing to play for at this point with their safety secured and while their fans will demand a performance and want the result, ultimately it’s not that important for them.
Leeds have got a great chance to make their fans’ journey down to London worthwhile, but it won’t be easy and Matteo has been quick to ensure the squad aren’t complacent.