By Alex Stevens
Leeds should stick with the same formation that served them well in midweek when they ignited their season with a 2-1 win over Blackburn.
Manager Garry Monk spoke afterwards about the need to stay true to his principles, which suggests that the two-striker formation will be put to bed for some time.
Marcus Antonsson led the line against Blackburn, but midweek scorer Chris Wood is likely to spearhead the attack in Saturday’s lunchtime clash against Cardiff.
Behind the powerful front man, Monk should stick with attacking midfield trio Stuart Dallas, Pablo Hernandez and Hadi Sacko, the outstanding player in the win on Tuesday night.
The partnership of Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane offered solidity against Blackburn, but the youthful legs of Kalvin Phillips would fresh up the midfield at the Cardiff City Stadium.
At the back, Monk must stick with the back four who performed solidly against Blackburn.
The manager should resist the chance to recall Liam Cooper and stick with Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley, who can forge a commanding partnership in the coming months.
Bartley, currently on loan from Swansea, wore the armband after Liam Bridcutt was replaced early in the second-half against Owen Coyle’s men, and scored the winner with four minutes left on the clock.
The addition of Wood and Phillips to the midweek team would give Leeds enough firepower to win against Cardiff and ease some more of the pressure on under-fire boss Monk.