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Looking Ahead: Wolves v Leeds

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09:00 7th February 2013

Previewing the weekend's game at Molineux

Leeds United are the visitors to Molineux this weekend, as Wolves look to register a first league win in eight league games.
The two sides met on the opening day of the season, with the Yorkshiremen running out 1-0 winners in the game that saw Tongo Doumbia makes his league debut, and Matt Jarvis play his penultimate game for the club.
Meetings between the clubs have been few and far between in recent seasons - the 2006/2007 season was the last time both teams were in the same division.
Wolves did the double over Leeds during that campaign, with Jay Bothroyd's stunning late goal proving the difference in the away fixture, and giving Wolves their first win at Elland Road in 25 years.
Wanderers again won by a single goal when the teams met at Molineux later on in the campaign - Michael Kightly the matchwinner on that occasion - the fourth of six consecutive wins for Mick McCarthy's side, who would eventually claim a play-off place.
The sides shared a win each the previous season, with the two meetings in the 2004/2005 campaign ending in draws.
The season before, both clubs had suffered relegation heartbreak after finishing in the bottom three of the Premiership.
For Leeds, the 2003/2004 season signalled the end of their 14 year stay in the top flight, while Wolves were relegated after just one season back at the highest level.
Both teams did manage to record convincing home wins against each other during that campaign, with Alan Smith's comical own goal helping Wolves to recover from an early opener from Leeds' Michael Duberry in the December fixture at Molineux.
A second-half double from striker Steffen Iversen ensured Wolves took all three points from the encounter.
Leeds were to gain revenge in style less than two months later though, as goals from Smith, Dominic Matteo, James Milner and Mark Viduka gave them a 4-1 win over Dave Jones' side at Elland Road.
Current Leeds manager Neil Warnock, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and midfielders Michael Tonge and Michael Brown have all suffered heartbreak at the hands of Wolves before, when their Sheffield United side was defeated in the 2003 play-off final.
They have endured a mixed run of form of late, winning five and losing five of their previous ten league fixtures. Before last weekend's defeat at home to table-topping Cardiff, Leeds had won three games in a row, including an impressive FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur. 


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