Sky Sports are looking to break their record of number of times that they broadcast Leeds United in one season. Yet another game has been changed for TV, a game that was obvious in all fairness and comes a few days after it was announced we would be live away at Barnsley. Aston Villa at Elland Road in December.
It’s getting to the point now where as many games are live as are not. So far this season we have had 5 games televised, Bolton, Sunderland, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday. Notice the trend? All away games, for various reasons. One of which is that the atmosphere on the TV will look better when away fans actually turn up as we always do and another is that even if we are on TV the fans will go, if a game is televised at Elland Road it’s an excuse for many fans to stay at home and not travel.
Aston Villa have good away fans and will bring a full-house, Sheffield United may even do the same and I must admit as a fan who lives in the city a Friday night game is actually quite appealing. It’s not so enjoyable for those fans who have already booked to travel from overseas or even further afield in the United Kingdom. The Football League have recently admitted they schedule the further away games for midweek so more fans turn up on a weekend, yet change the weekend games as well. Leeds will sell-out both of these home games, little doubt about it.
Date – Friday 1st December, 7:45pm KO