Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Ipswich: Monk to make eight changes
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is expected to ring the changes as he restores his big guns for Saturday’s Championship clash against Ipswich.
A much-changed team secured a third consecutive win on Tuesday as Monk’s side beat Blackburn 1-0 in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
The League Cup triumph has secured a home tie against Norwich in the last 16 to give Leeds a genuine chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition.
But the undoubted priority for the club is promotion to the Premier League and Monk will recall most of those who were given breathers in midweek.
The likes of Rob Green, Luke Ayling, Hadi Sacko, Stuart Dallas, Pablo Hernandez and Chris Wood are all likely to start at Elland Road on Saturday.
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Captain Liam Bridcutt is expected to return to the side after recovering from a foot injury that forced him out of the last two matches, while Pontus Jansson should be in contention after missing the Blackburn match due to illness.
There could be eight changes in total and, assuming Bridcutt is fit to skipper the team, the big decision for Monk is likely to be the identity of his central midfield partner.
Late August signing Eunan O’Kane has started the last two matches alongside teenager Ronaldo Vieira, whose energy could see him getting the nod over the former Bournemouth man.
In other Leeds team news, the Yorkshire giants have pleaded guilty to a bung in the sale of Ross McCormack.