Friday, May 19, 2006
Eddie Lewis and Jay DeMerit face off in Sunday's Coca-Cola Championship playoff final as Leeds United and Watford battle for a place in next season's Premiership and a £30-40 million windfall.

While Watford will be coming into the match at full strength, Leeds will be without the services of both left back Stephen Crainey and striker Richard Creswell, who are both out after being sent off in United's 2-0 victory over Preston North End that sent them to the final.

The battle between managers is also one to watch, with the fiery Aidy Boothroyd having come to Watford from United, where he served under Leeds top man Kevin Blackwell.

Hameur Bouazza may feature for Watford after finally recovering from a broken foot that has kept the Frenchman out of the lineup since March, but Clarke Carlisle is not so lucky and is still out with a hip strain.

Lewis returned from training with the US national team in Cary, North Carolina earlier in the week, and with Crainey out, the speedy winger may be given the chance to practice at left back before the World Cup.

Over the past two seasons, Leeds have not lost to Watford, winning two and drawing two.

Watford, meanwhile, have not beaten Leeds since 1992, though the two clubs have only met 13 times in that period.

The Hornets bring the better run of form into the clash, however, having gone unbeaten over their last seven games, while Leeds have only won twice in their last 12 contests.

Kickoff is set for three o'clock Sunday afternoon at the massive Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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