Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Burton: Nine changes as attacker returns from injury
By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk is set to make nine changes to his Leeds side after the dramatic cup win on Tuesday.
The Whites secured a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals by beating Norwich on penalties and have been rewarded with an away tie against Liverpool.
The Leeds manager handed several fringe players the chance to impress, but is set to recall his strongest XI against Burton for the Championship clash.
Pablo Hernandez has recovered from his injury and is expected to be one of nine changes, with Rob Green, Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Charlie Taylor, Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Philipps, Hadi Sacko and Chris Wood all returning.
Marco Silvestri, Lewie Coyle, Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi, Matt Grimes, Ronaldo Vieira, Souleymane Doukara, Alex Mowatt and Marcus Antonsson are expected to be dropped.
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Leeds are currently just three points adrift of the play-off places and will hope to continue the recent good form on Saturday.
Kyle Bartley will be the only survivor in defence from the dramatic cup win and Monk will be looking for a more resilient display.
Goalkeeper Silvestri was the hero in the penalty shoot-out against Norwich, saving three spot kicks to secure victory, but number one Green is set to continue his record of starting every league game this season.
The Whites are set to operate with the two holding midfielders O’Kane and Phillips, while Sacko and Kemar Roofe inject some pace and trickery on the wings.
Hernandez’s return will be a good boost after he missed the last league match against Wolves.
The former Swansea attacking midfielder provides a creative spark in the Leeds side and has linked up well with the club’s first-choice striker Chris Wood, who is expected to lead the line.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has revealed what he is dreaming of following the club’s cup triumph.