Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Fulham: 25-year-old international axed in one change
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is expected to make just one change to his Leeds side to face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.
Monk, 37, watched Leeds edge past Birmingham City by three goals to one on Friday night from the stands as he served a one-match touchline ban.
Leeds are away from home for the second successive match in the week, as they look to halt Fulham’s wonderful recent form that has seen them climb to within a whisker of the play-offs.
The win against Birmingham saw on-loan winger Alfonso Pedraza find the back of the net for the first time in Leeds colours, which could see the 20-year-old handed just his second start for the Yorkshire giants.
Pedraza’s inclusion in the staring line-up against Slavisa Jokanovic’s in-form Fulham would see Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas drop to the bench.
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Ex-England international Rob Green has been credited as one of Leeds’ recent unsung heroes after saving a penalty against Sheffield Wednesday, and he should start in between the sticks.
Monk is expected to remain consistent at the back by naming the same back line for the fifth match, after picking up 10 points from the last available 12.
Luke Ayling starts on the right side of defence, while on-loan duo Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson line-up in the heart of the defence.
Gaetano Berardi is expected to keep his place at left-back after another strong performance against Birmingham, despite Charlie Taylor’s imminent return from injury.
Kalvin Phillips starred as a substitute against Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham, providing an assist for one of Chris Wood’s two strikes but is expected to retain his place on the bench.
Eunan O’Kane and Liam Bridcutt remain in midfield, playing in behind Spain international Pablo Hernandez who will look to support New Zealand international Wood.
Souleymane Doukara could start on the opposite flank to Pedraza, as Monk looks to continue his side’s good form and push themselves even closer to a Premier League return.
Three points could see Leeds move into third place and just four points off second if Huddersfield lose to Aston Villa and Brighton stumble at Rotherham on Tuesday.
In other Leeds news, here are three images that summed up the Whites’ week.