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6th Apr, 2017 | 6:29pm

Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Preston: Out-of-sorts attacker axed in two changes

By Amir Mir

Leeds could make two changes to their side for their crucial Championship clash against Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Garry Monk’s men suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Brentford on Tuesday night following on from their 1-0 loss at Reading three days before.

Now, Monk could axe out-of-sorts attacker Pablo Hernandez from his starting XI, with midfielder Kalvin Phillips another player who might also drop out.

As a result, versatile attacker Pedraza and youngster Ronaldo Vieira could be the replacements for the duo.

Despite failing to keep a clean sheet from their last two matches, Monk could stick with the same backline that played in the previous game.

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Centre-back duo Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley will be hoping to lead the back four as they could be playing alongside Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi in defence.

In the middle of the park, Monk might change things up and bring in the energetic Ronaldo Vieira alongside the experienced Liam Briducutt as Leeds play their third game of the week.

Furthermore, playmaker Hernandez, who has been off-colour in recent weeks, might be replaced by fellow Spaniard Pedraza.

Monk will be hoping the January signing can provide the creativity for the club’s top scorer Chris Wood, who could start up front as he will be looking to add to his 24 goal tally in the league.

Out wide. Mo Barrow, who started his first game in midweek, might keep his place in the side despite producing a poor display last time out.

Monk might opt to give the January loan signing time to prove him worth with the possibility that Stuart Dallas could start and provide the threat on the left wing.

In other Leeds news, Neil Redfearn has claimed that this struggling Leeds ace is being targetted by opponents.

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