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Elland Road (ATT 23,916) 10th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Leeds Leeds United vs Crystal Palace C Palace

Leeds 3

R McCormack (8, 84)
L Becchio (71)

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C Palace 2

P McCarthy (12)
S Scannell (21)

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Last Updated: 09/09/11 12:08pm

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Becchio: Could return to Leeds side

Becchio: Could return to Leeds side

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Leeds and Crystal Palace at Elland Road.

Leeds will be without suspended teenage defender Aidy White for their home clash with Palace.

The 19-year-old was shown a straight red card for a professional foul during the recent 2-1 defeat at Ipswich and serves a one-game ban.

But manager Simon Grayson could be boosted by the return to fitness of several players as strikers Luciano Becchio (hamstring) and Billy Paynter (shin), midfielder Michael Brown (calf) and defenders Alex Bruce and Leigh Bromby were back in full training this week.

Becchio and Bruce have yet to appear this season while Paynter, Brown and Bromby have been sidelined for several weeks.

Winger Ramon Nunez is hoping to benefit from Max Gradel's departure to St Etienne by returning to the starting line-up with Ross McCormack seeking to resume his partnership alongside Andy Keogh up front. New signing Mikael Forssell is also available.

Anthony Gardner and Antonio Pedroza could be added to Crystal Palace's squad for game.

Centre-half Gardner re-signed for the Eagles three weeks ago following his successful loan spell last season but was not considered until he had built up his fitness.

Palace this week received international clearance for young striker Pedroza, who was signed before the transfer deadline from Mexican club Jaguares.

Boss Dougie Freedman is still without full-back Nathaniel Clyne (foot), midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) and Alex Marrow (ankle) and striker Steffen Iversen (hamstring).

Defenders Peter Ramage and Aleksandar Tunchev have extended their loan deals but Ryan McGivern and Alassane N'Diaye have left Selhurst Park since the 1-1 draw with Blackpool last time out.

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2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 34 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 34 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Cardiff City 35 44
14 Birmingham City 34 42
15 Huddersfield Town 35 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Millwall 35 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22