Leeds United have announced via their official ticket twitter account (@LUFCTickets) that ticket sales for Saturdays visit of Queens Park Rangers have surpassed 30,000; with sales still available for the next 48 hours.
The club have now been forced to open the East Stand Upper as well as the South East Corner ‘cheese wedge’ because of the increased demand. The South Stand has already sold out, like it has done for most of the season, however there are still limited number available in the East Stand lower.
The match is set as a Category A game by the club, meaning the prices for tickets are from £28 per adults, from £22 for concessions and from just £5 for juniors. United’s last couple of home games have also seen impressive crowds; the last home game against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday saw a crowd of over 35,000 and the home fixture before that against Cardiff City fetched an impressive 31,500 fans. Leeds’ away following has also been tremendous this season, like every year, with 7,200 fans making the trip to Fulham last Tuesday night. Leeds fans filled the away end at Craven Cottage, and took over their unique ‘neutral’ zone- which wasn’t very neutral on this occasion.
United’s home form has been superb as of late, with the club picking up 24 points out of a possible 27 in the last nine games; resulting in the increased crowds at Elland Road in fine voice- especially in the last game Leeds hosted where they came out as 1-0 victors against a strong Sheffield Wednesday side, who are also battling it out in the playoffs.
Saturday’s opponents QPR currently sit 14th in the table on 46 points, 19 behind Leeds. It can be said that their recent form has also picked up upon their fairly recent appointment of manager Ian Holloway. Their last six games has seen them pick up three points at home to Barnsley, Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic, as well an impressive 4-1 win away at Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham City. However they suffered 2-1 defeats to both Preston North End and home to Huddersfield Town. With this being said, on the back of two home wins they will be heading to Yorkshire with confidence behind them.
Leeds are unbeaten in five league games, securing three wins and two draws; including Tuesday nights 1-1 draw at Fulham which saw a late, late Tom Cairney equaliser cancelling out Tim Ream’s comical early own goal. The game also saw Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips earn himself his second red card of the season which will see him miss Saturdays game as well as the game against second place Brighton the following Saturday. The young academy graduate received his second yellow card of the game in the 89th minute on Tuesday after a strong tackle on Fulhams Scott Parker was deemed to be a foul, after replacing Eunan O’Kane in the starting eleven.
Three points on Saturday would see United continue to chase the automatic places in the Championship, and with ten games still to play in the league, one of which is a huge home game against second placed Brighton, everything is still to play for.