Predicted Leeds line-up to face Birmingham City in the Championship
Leeds United would look to continue their fantastic start to the season when they face Birmingham City at the Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa’s men brushed Preston North End aside 3-0 on Tuesday to take firm control of their position at the top of the table.
They will now be eager to win this home game and further lengthen the gap, which means more pressure on the chasing pack. Bielsa has made a perfect start to his life at the club, and the fans may already be dreaming of watching their team play in the Premier League next season.
Long-term injury concerns remain for the Peacocks, with Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Izzie Brown out for a while. Gaetano Berardi is recovering well and should be in action by next week.
Probable Leeds United XI
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Bailey Peacock-Farrell (GK)
The keeper began in a nervy fashion but has done well in the recent games to restore faith among the fans.
Luke Ayling (RB)
An ever-present figure at right-back. He was very good against Preston and the manager would be hoping for more consistency.
Liam Cooper (CB)
The skipper scored a goal on Tuesday to back his commanding performance. More of the same is required on a regular basis.
Pontus Jansson (CB)
The Swedish international has been quite impressive defensively. He is gradually improving his passing, something which Bielsa’s teams thrive on.
Barry Douglas (LB)
The impressive Douglas notched up another assist on Tuesday. His stock as one of the top full-backs is rising day by day.
Kalvin Phillips (CDM)
A calm figure in central midfield who shields the defence and keeps the play ticking. Expect him to start this one.
Mateusz Klich (CAM)
The Pole went back to playing a little higher up the pitch with Samuel Saiz in attacking midfield and seemed to have picked up the form. Should start this game.
Samuel Saiz (CAM)
The Spaniard has been in great form for the Peacocks, creating chances and showing class in attacking midfield.
Ezgjan Alioski (LW)
The Macedonian is struggling for form at the moment, meaning he needs to deliver soon or force the manager’s hands to bench him.
Tyler Roberts (ST)
The youngster has the big boots of Kemar Roofe to fill. Scored a brace against Preston to make his presence felt.
Jack Harrison (RW)
Another impressive youngster who is playing well after being recalled into the side due to the absence of Pablo Hernandez.