Football in England

Bitter loss for Leeds

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 October, 2003, 12:00am

Even the hardest of hearts would have to spare a thought for poor Leeds United. Champions League semi-finalists two seasons ago, this week they announced the greatest financial loss ever incurred by an English club - close on #50 million (HK$659.2 million) - before going on to lose in heart-breaking fashion to bitter rivals Manchester United in the League Cup. Eric Djemba-Djemba's extra-time goal saw them lose 3-2, and that followed league loses to United again (1-0) and Liverpool (3-1). As if that weren't enough, Leeds this week host league leaders Arsenal. The Gunners had a freakish 9-8 penalty win over lowly First Division Rotherham.

Tomorrow's Premier League games: Everton v Chelsea, Leeds v Arsenal (11pm, ESPN), Man United v Portsmouth (11pm, STAR) Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers Newcastle United v Aston Villa, Southampton v Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers

Sunday: Fulham v Liverpool (10pm, ESPN), Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers (12.05am, ESPN).