By Wayne Veysey

13th Oct, 2017 | 3:56pm

Leeds expected 4-3-3 v Reading: Youngster handed first league start under Christiansen

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Leeds United could make four changes to the side that were demolished at Sheffield Wednesday when they return to Championship action this weekend.

Thomas Christiansen’s side were red hot in the early weeks of the season as they scored handfuls of goals, kept it tight at the back and racked up points while playing an expansive style of play that was a massive upgrade on the one-dimensional style under Garry Monk.

But three consecutive away defeats have cooled expectations, brought a reality check and a recognition among the fan base that reaching the magic 80-point mark for the campaign will be as fiendishly difficult as ever.

Christiansen is likely to ring the changes for the home clash against Jaap Stam’s 20th-placed strugglers after a run of three consecutive defeats.

The Leeds manager is set to stick with a cadre of senior players, including talisman Pontus Jansson and Eunan O’Kane, who are set to be passed fit after injury concerns, and combine them with some recalled players.

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Football Insider has named the expected Leeds starting XI, featuring four changes from the Hillsborough capitulation and including a youngster for his first league start under Christiansen:

Click ‘2’ below to see who is likely to play in goal and defence