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15th Sep, 2016 | 8:42am

Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Cardiff: Attacker axed as eight new signings start

By Will Butcher

Manager Garry Monk is expected to make one change to his Leeds side as they travel to Wales to face Cardiff City on Saturday.

Top scorer Chris Wood is expected to lead the Leeds attack in place of Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, after the New Zealand captain came off the bench to break the deadlock during Tuesday’s 2-1 against rock-bottom Blackburn.

Former Leicester striker Wood has scored four goals this season, and under-pressure manager Garry Monk will be counting on the target man to fire Leeds to a third win of the season on Saturday.

Captain Liam Bridcutt is set to shake off a knock after hobbling out of the win against Blackburn early in the second half, when he was replaced by young midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Spain international Pablo Hernandez is a favourite of Monk’s following their time together at Swansea, and he is expected to keep his place in the side in the playmaker role.

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In-form attackers Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas are likely to keep their place on the wings for Leeds, as Monk looks to outscore Cardiff.

Paul Trollope’s side have conceded 12 goals this season, join-third highest in the Championship, and Monk will look to exploit their rivals’ leaky defence.

The defence is set to remain unchanged for Leeds, as match winner Kyle Bartley links up with new signings Pontus Jansson, Luke Ayling and Rob Green as well as in-demand left-back Charlie Taylor.

A win for the Yorkshire giants will see them climb into mid-table obscurity, as manager Monk looks to save himself from the dreaded Elland Road chop.

In other Leeds news, assistant manager Pep Clotet has posted this message on his Twitter account as pressure continues to mount.