Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Ipswich: 26-year-old dropped in one change
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is expected to make just one change to his Leeds side to face Ipswich at Portman Road on Saturday.
Monk, 37, saw his side earn a 2-1 midweek win against Bristol City on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from attacking duo Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez.
In what was Leeds’ 18th Championship win of the season, the former Swansea boss made three changes from the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff which seemed to reinvigorate his side.
Keeping his Leeds side largely the same, Monk is expected to welcome back captain Liam Bridcutt after seeing out his one-match suspension from the red card against Cardiff.
The Scotland international comes in for 26-year-old midfielder Eunan O’Kane, who partnered teenager Ronaldo Vieira in the middle of the park against Bristol City.
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Rob Green earned the man of the match award against City on Tuesday after a number of wonderful saves to deny Lee Johnson’s men.
He remains in goal, as Italian Marco Silvestri continues to warm the bench. Versatile Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi remains at left-back in the absence of Charlie Taylor.
Loanees Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson have kept nine clean sheets in the 22 matches they have partnered each other at centre back, and they look set to keep their place in the side.
An unsung hero of Leeds side so far since his move from Bristol City, Luke Ayling lines up on the right side of defence.
Bridcutt comes back in to partner former Benfica youth player Vieira in place of O’Kane, while Kemar Roofe and Hadi Sacko retain their place on the flanks after a strong first-half display on Tuesday.
They will look to support Spaniard Pablo Hernandez from out wide, who continues to pull the strings in the final third after his winning goal on Tuesday night.
Hernandez, Roofe and Sacko will all look to provide ammunition for top scorer Chris Wood, who scored his 22nd goal of the season by opening the deadlock three days ago.
A win could see Leeds climb to fourth in England’s second division, if Reading lose to third placed Huddersfield on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, Neil Redfearn has backed this duo to start against Ipswich.