Predicted Leeds United Line-up To Face Derby County In The EFL Championship
Leeds United will look to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointment, when they face off against Derby County, at the Elland Road, on Tuesday night.
The Whites come off a poor result this past week, when they were defeated 2-1 by Championship high-fliers Sheffield United at home. Manager Thomas Christiansen will be hoping that his team put up a stronger fight against the Rams and come away with three points on the night.
Captain Liam Cooper was taken off injured on Friday night and he will not be available for selection for Tuesday’s game. Fellow defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is also ruled out due to an injury, while Gaetano Berardi sits out to serve the second of his three-match ban. Midfielder Kalvin Phillips is also ruled out due to suspension, for accumulation of five yellow cards.
Here’s how Leeds might take the field on Tuesday night:
Manager: Thomas Christiansen
Andy Lonergan (GK)
Was one of the few saving graces from the weekend loss to the Blades. Has impressed since taking over the mantle of being the No.1 and will continue in goal against Derby.
Luke Ayling (RB)
The 26-year-old endured a tough night on Friday and will be keen on bouncing back with a strong performance in this midweek game.
Pontus Jansson (CB)
Was left out of the starting XI for the past two league games, but with Cooper’s injury, the giant Swede is expected to return to the line-up.
Conor Shaughnessy (CB)
With Matthew Pennington struggling in the weekend fixture against Sheffield United, we might see Christiansen deploy the young Conor Shaughnessy alongside Jansson.
Vurnon Anita (LB)
Hasn’t really convinced as a makeshift left-back, but with the dearth of options at the manager’s disposal, he should start again in the position.
Mateusz Klich (CM)
The Polish midfielder has failed to leave a mark since his summer arrival, but may well get the nod in the middle of the park for this clash.
Ronaldo Vieira (CM)
The teenage midfielder offers an added steely nature in the centre of the pitch each time he plays. Should keep his place in the XI.
Kemar Roofe (RW)
With Gjanni Alioski struggling to recapture the form from early season, he is likely to be dropped on Tuesday, with Kemar Roofe lining up on the right-hand side.
Samu Saiz (CAM)
Has been Leeds’ stand-out performer of the season so far. Having played on the left wing in the past two games, the Spaniard should return to a more natural central role against the Rams.
Pablo Hernandez (LW)
On the left flank, it should be seasoned pro, Pablo Hernandez. The Spanish attacker will need to be at his best for Leeds to bounce back.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga (ST)
The German striker relies heavily on good service. Feed him with chances and he will get the goals. Needs to be supported by his attacking partners, if he is to make a difference.