Despite it being very tight at the top of the second tier in English football, the Cherries have remained the Championship leaders since the second week of December.
Five wins in six games have maintained that place, however the Cherries remain only one point ahead of second place Ipswich Town and only eight points clear from dropping outside of the play-off places.
With the Cherries trip to 20th placed Leeds United brought forward due to AFC Bournemouth’s trip to Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Sunday, the Cherries have a chance to extend their lead at the top this (Tuesday) evening with Middlesbrough the only side in the top half who are also playing tonight.
Leeds United Team News:
Leeds United have once again been in the news this week for events off the field rather than on it.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has lost his most recent appeal against his disqualification from owning the club, leaving the Elland Road side in turmoil with the club taking legal advice on how the football club should be run.
On the pitch and defender Gaetano Berardi and strikers Billy Sharp and Souleymane Doukara are in contention for returns.
Player to watch: Mirco Antenucci
30 year old Italian striker Mirco Antenucci is Leeds United’s top goalscorer in the Championship this season with 8 goals in 22 appearances.
He was signed from Italian side Catania.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
AFC Bournemouth have doubts over both first choice and second choice goalkeepers ahead of the trip to Elland Road.
Artur Boruc missed the weekend’s game with Rotherham with a neck injury, whilst Lee Camp struggled with a calf problem during that match.
Third choice goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has returned from a loan spell with Coventry City.
AFC Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie remains unavailable due to his participation in the African Cup of Nations.
Rantie played for South Africa on Monday night in the 3-1 defeat to Algeria.
Rantie played a major part in the opening goal of the game with a clever run and back heel, before missing a crucial penalty with the game poised at 1-0.
Player to watch: Matt Ritchie
The Cherries right winger has been in excellent form thus far this season and plays a key role in AFC Bournemouth’s attacking threat.
Match Facts & Stats
Despite the two sides meeting for the first time just over 76 years ago, the Cherries and Leeds United have only played 12 times previously.
The Cherries have made the trip to Elland Road on six occasions, once in the FA Cup in 1939 losing 3-1 and five times in the league.
AFC Bournemouth have lost all five of those games with three games between 1987 and 1989 in the old second division, to one game in the third tier in 2007 and back to the second tier last season.
Over those games Leeds have scored 13 goals to the Cherries 3.