Leeds expected XI v Bristol City after final training session: Senior trio axed
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Paul Heckingbottom is set to make multiple changes to the Leeds United starting XI for the first home match of his reign against Bristol City at Elland Road on Sunday.
United are without a win since Boxing Day and are pitted against Lee Johnson’s high flyers, who are nestled in the final play-off spot, five places and eight points above the Yorkshire giants.
Leeds remain in 11th after Saturday’s Championship fixtures, in which Fulham continued their tremendous run with a landmark 2-0 win over Aston Villa to climb to fifth in the table.
United badly need a win to reignite their own promotion hopes, but they will have to do so without Samuel Saiz, Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi, who serve the final match of their suspensions, which have amounted to six, four and two games respectively.
Heckingbottom will have decided upon his starting XI after Saturday’s final training session at Thorp Arch.
He is set to once again select a makeshift defence as well as make alterations further up the field for what is effectively a must-win match if Leeds are to force their way back into play-off contention.
Football Insider names the expected United starting XI for the Sunday 4.30pm kick-off, with three senior players axed from last weekend’s defeat at Sheffield United as the manager gets tough with his new charges following their wretched run.
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