Leeds expected 4-4-2 against Notts Forest: Wholesale changes as Monk hands winger return
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is expected to keep faith in the side that overcame Sheffield Wednesday last weekend as Leeds aim to extend their run of two consecutive wins.
Leeds showed their depth with a 1-0 win over League Two minnows Luton Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday after making 11 changes to the team that beat Wednesday.
The Yorkshire giants return to their Championship campaign on Saturday when they host Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.
Former Swansea boss will make wholesale changes to the midweek side and could make one notable change to the side that won 2-0 last weekend by welcoming back Euro 2016 winger Stuart Dallas to the starting line-up.
The Northern Ireland international starred in the midweek win, despite not being picked in the matchday squad to face Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
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Dallas could come in for Alex Mowatt and start on the left flank.
Mowatt, the 21-year-old academy graduate, performed well against the Owls last Saturday, but is ultimately playing out of position and former Brentford man Dallas is likely to return to the side as he continues his return to fitness and form.
New Zealand captain and top scorer Chris Wood is set to continue his partnership with Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, which many believe has been the key to Leeds’ turn in fortunes after both scored against Sheffield Wednesday.
New signing Pontus Jansson can consider himself unlucky not to start, but after a super clean sheet from the defence and goalkeeper Rob Green, Monk is unlikely to change anything at the back.
New signing Liam Bridcutt continues his understanding with youngster Ronaldo Vieira in centre-midfield, while exciting loanee Hadi Sacko retains his place on the right of midfield.
The Whites could go four games unbeaten if they avoid defeat against Philippe Montanier’s side, while the Frenchman’s side could move into the play-off places with a win.
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