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Posted: Fri 09 Nov 2012

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Tomorrow’s opponents, managed by Neil Warnock, are put under the spotlight

GIANFRANCO ZOLA’S men make a tricky trip to Yorkshire this weekend, as the Hornets face Neil Warnock’s Leeds United at Elland Road.

Both sides played on Tuesday night, with Watford securing a point with a 0-0 draw against Millwall, while Leeds suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley.

The Whites are currently on the same number of points as the Hornets, one place above them in the table, in a season which has seen a mixed bag of results for both teams.

Warnock has become something of a promotion specialist in recent years; taking Sheffield United and QPR from the Championship to the Premier League.

With fresh investment in the Yorkshire club imminent, he may have added power in the January transfer window. 

The Whites boast an experienced and exciting squad of players, including former Premier League striker El-Hadji Diouf and Argentinean goal-scorer Luciano Becchio, who already has 11 goals this season.

Despite sitting 15th in the league, Leeds are only two wins off the top six. Last season’s fixture between the two saw Watford come away from Elland Road with three points, as a Chris Iwelumo double secured a 2-0 victory.

Players to watch:

Rodolph Austin - midfielder
The Jamaican international joined Leeds this summer from Norwegian outfit SK Brann. He can play in both midfield and at the back, and was given the nickname “the beast” in Norway for his reputation of crunching tackles; something which has made him an immediate favourite with the Leeds fans.

El-Hadji Diouf - striker
Former Premier League striker joined the Whites in the summer on a non-contract basis. Diouf has made over 300 appearances in English football following spells with Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers. He has twice been crowned the African Footballer of the Year.

Luciano Becchio - striker
The Argentinean has proved a big hit since signing for the club in 2008, the hard-working striker scored 19 goals in his first season at Elland Road. Seventeen goals the following season helped United secure promotion back to the Championship. Since then he has established himself as first choice striker for the club, as well as one of the deadliest finishers in the Championship.