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Will a weak Leeds United prove to be the kick start to our season?

Clint Hughes

Having won only one game in their opening four fixtures and having just sacked head coach David Hockaday there is no doubt that Leeds United are a vulnerable team at the moment.

Having let in an average of two goals per game so far this season (we'll ignore the fact that we have as well), their leaky defence may very well be our ticket to putting three points on the board for the first time during this campaign. On the flip side of this coin their strike force has averaged just half a goal per game in the league so far.

When you compare these stats to the poor quality our side have shown recently I believe that Saturdays match will be a game of many goals and in all honesty the team that score the most goals at the end of the ninety minutes will take home the victory; and I believe that will be the mighty Bolton Wanderers.

For the first time this season I see Bolton Wanderers as the overall favourites for the game tomorrow and this could really help us restart our campaign. In the previous four games I have seen a tremendous amount of hard work shown by Craig Davies and I really want to see him reap the rewards of all the hard work that he is putting in as a striker. For any front man this reward is goals, that change and win games.

I am a true believer that those who are mentally strong and willing to put in the work required are the ones who deserve to wear the Bolton shirt.

Quality can be taught, and no matter what age you are confidence and games will lead to improvement; but if a man does not have the correct attitude then he will never become an accomplished footballer.

Mark my words Craig Davies will win us the game tomorrow.

The other players who will win us the game tomorrow are the back four. It is all well and good for Craig Davies to score but guess what, we still need to concede fewer goals than they do and with an unbelievably fragile back four it is understandable why this task may look impossible.

In truth I don't completely blame our defence for our ridiculous goals against record as they have relatively zero protection from what appears on paper to be a conservative defensive pairing of Medo and Jay Spearing. Without this protection we are relying on our back four to be strong and work hard for each other and for the team.

Do I believe that with the players we have in these positions we can hold onto a lead for the first league game this season...well belief has been replaced by faith in this situation.

As for tomorrows team I expect Andy Lonergan to retain his place between the sticks for our game against his previous employers after his impressive performance against Crewe on Tuesday night.

I also expect Hayden White to start again at right back after his grand performance at Brighton recently and as long as this good form continues we can expect him to fill in for the injured Kevin McNaughton for the foreseeable future. We could also see a start for Neil Danns after a torn hamstring will see Liam Trotter ruled out of action for up to six weeks.

In conclusion I would hope that you reading this and every other fan out there sharing this experience will back our team for such a pivotal game so early on in this, the 2014/15 season in the Championship and scream the name of Bolton Wanderers so it echos throughout Elland Road as we go on to (hopefully) win our first game of the season.