Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Newcastle: Attacking midfield duo recalled
By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk is expected to make two changes to his Leeds side against Newcastle.
The Whites host the current Championship leaders on Sunday afternoon and will hope to consolidate their place in the play-off positions.
Attackers Hadi Sacko and Matt Grimes are expected to come into the starting XI against Newcastle.
Pablo Hernandez, who is unlikely to be fit through injury, and Souleymane Doukara are set to be dropped from the team.
Leeds secured a dramatic 3-2 victory against Norwich before the international break and that moved them up to sixth in the table.
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The club’s 18-year-old midfielder Ronaldo Vieira scored a stoppage time winner against the Canaries, but is expected to be named on the bench for the huge fixture against Newcastle.
Stuart Dallas could also be in contention to make his return from injury and has not played since the 1 October, but is unlikely to be thrown into the action for the high profile game.
Monk is expected to keep a settled defensive backline of Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Charlie Taylor.
The manager has settled on the back four and they will start in front of number one goalkeeper Rob Green.
Leeds will expect to concede plenty of possession against an in-form Newcastle side and the midfield duo of Kalvin Philips and Eunan O’Kane are set to be busy, with Liam Bridcutt still ruled out through injury.
Winger Sacko made a positive contribution off the bench against Norwich and is set to return to the starting XI, having featured in all 16 league matches this season.
Grimes was used as a late substitute against Norwich and is set to come in for the injured Hernandez, with Kemar Roofe keeping his place on the left wing.
Chris Wood is expected to maintain his place as the frontline striker and he has already scored 11 goals in his first 19 games this season across all competitions.
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