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Leeds expected 4-4-2 v Blackburn: Midfielder axed

By Will Butcher

Leeds boss Garry Monk is expected to keep faith with most of the starting eleven that flopped against Huddersfield by making just one change on Tuesday night.

The Yorkshire giants face Championship bottom club Blackburn just three days after being beaten by David Wagner’s table-topping Terriers.

New signing Eunan O’Kane could be given his belated Leeds debut after joining from Bournemouth on deadline day, coming in for rookie midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Elsewhere, new centre-back pairing Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley are expected to continue their partnership at the heart of the defence. An Aaron Mooy wonder strike tarnished a solid defensive display on Saturday.

New captain Liam Bridcutt is likely to partner Ireland international O’Kane in the middle of the park for former Swansea boss Monk, who is also expected to continue using Alex Mowatt out of position on the left of midfield.

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New Zealand captain Chris Wood and former Kalmar attacker Marcus Antonsson will look to breathe life into their stuttering partnership, as Monk looks to secure a second league win in what he has described as a “must-win game.”

Luke Ayling will continue his impressive start to Leeds life at right-back, while Charlie Taylor, Hadi Sacko and Rob Green are also likely to keep their places in Monk’s starting 11.

In other Leeds news, Sweden international Jansson has delivered this Twitter message after the loss to Huddersfield increased the pressure on the Championship big boys.