COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Garry Monk could make three changes to his starting eleven when Leeds face Bristol City at Elland Road on Tuesday evening.
The Yorkshire giants suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Cardiff in their last outing on Saturday.
But, Monk will be likely to stick with a side which has served him so well this season and seen his team well above pre-season expectations.
However, Liam Bridcutt’s red card against the Welsh side will force the young manager into one change, while Stuart Dallas may be axed after a poor display from the attacker against Cardiff.
The experienced Pablo Hernandez may also drop out of the centre of the attacking three with the Championship schedule handing Leeds three games in one week.
This is expected to see midfielder Eunan O’Kane step into the centre of the park alongside young starlet Ronaldo Vieira, while Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe could also be brought into the team.
Goalkeeper Rob Green will be looking to make amends between the sticks after conceding twice against Neil Warnock’s team.
The Leeds number one has generally been reliable this campaign, but he has been caught out a few times and he will be hoping to keep second highest league goalscorer Tammy Abraham out.
He will have to be helped by his defence which sees Liam Cooper remain in the back four instead of star Pontus Jansson.
The Swede missed Saturday’s match through sickness and it has been reported that he remains a doubt for the midweek clash.
They will also be protected from a midfield of O’Kane and Vieira who are known more for their defensive play than their attacking ability and they will provide more freedom to the front quartet.
The attacking midfield three will more than likely be made up of Roofe, Sacko and January signing Alfonso Pedraza.
The trio can trouble the best of the Championship defences with their pace and trickery and they will also be looking to feed Chris Wood, who will be keen to add to his 18 league goals against a defence which conceded three goals on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, Neil Warnock had this message for the fans after his side’s win.