Leeds will be hoping the break has given them the opportunity to re-group and re-focus after a miserable Autumn to date. After a positive start to the season, Leeds lost away to Reading back on the 18th September, and have only managed one win since then, losing three more times in the League and again to Newcastle in the League cup.
Boss McDermott has kept faith with Noel Hunt up front so far, but the player has yet to settle and find his form in the team and fans are just starting to scratch their heads a little.
Leeds do need to strengthen but no new faces have appeared at the club over the past few weeks.
Current Position: 14th (14 pts)
Key Man: Ross McCormack
If Leeds United are having a disappointing season, they need look no further than Birmingham City for how it could be worse. Birmingham had a poor start in the early games, although recent performances have shown signs of improvement, noticeably a 4-0 victory of Millwall at the start of the month, but they crumbled against Bolton last time out to give Jermaine Beckford's new club their first victory.
Boss Lee Clarke will be hoping they find the form they showed to knock holders, Swansea City out of the League cup back in September - albeit against a weakened side
Current Position: 19th (10 pts)
Key Man: Jesse Lingard (on loan)
Fixture: Leeds United V Birmingham City (CHA)
Date: Sunday 20th October 2013
Kick Off: 13:15
Location: Elland Road - Leeds. Visiting Leeds? See our Useful Information section.
Betting: Leeds Win 11/10 - Birmingham Win 5/2
Tickets: Buy Leeds v Birmingham Tickets (home fans)
- The match has been selected to be televised live on Sky 1 - coverage starts from 13:00.
- Former Leeds captain, Lucas Radebe will be guest of honour at the club on Sunday, signing copies of his book in the club shop in the morning. In addition the club is offering hospitality packages pre-match where Lucas will be present. See the official site for details
- Unable to attend - see our Matchday page for useful information on following the action