Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Newcastle: 23-year-old omitted
By Dominic Toner
Leeds could name an unchanged side for their upcoming Championship clash against Newcastle.
The Whites travel to St James’ Park for a league encounter and will be looking to strengthen their position in the play-off places.
Garry Monk is expected to make no changes from the team that beat Preston 3-0 in the club’s last game.
That means Charlie Taylor is set to continue on the bench, with in-form defender Gaetano Berardi keeping his spot in the starting line-up.
Taylor, 23, is yet to cement his position at left-back following his return from injury and teammate Berardi has delivered some impressive performances.
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He is expected to leave Elland Road in the summer when his contract expires, but is still valued as one of the most talented individuals in Monk’s squad.
Leeds are set to field a familiar backline with impressive goalkeeper Rob Green retaining his spot in the net.
Berardi and Luke Ayling are likely to continue in the full-back positions for the Whites and will be looking to nullify the Newcastle threat.
Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson are expected to be the centre-back partnership, while Liam Cooper remains out through suspension.
Leeds could go with the young pairing of Ronald Vieira and Kalvin Phillips in midfield, who were both impressive in the recent win over Preston.
Liam Bridcutt missed that clash due to an Achilles injury and is a fitness doubt ahead of the Newcastle showdown.
Meanwhile, Monk is likely to stick with Alfonso Pedraza and Kemar Roofe in the wide positions and have creative playmaker Pablo Hernandez in the number 10 role.
That leaves talisman Chris Wood to lead the line and he will be hoping to add to his tally of 27 goals across all competitions this season.
In other Leeds team news, the talkSPORT super computer has predicted the club’s end of season finish.