COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Kemar Roofe, Kyle Bartley and Sam Winnall would all miss out in a combined line-up made up of the best Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday players.
Garry Monk’s men are preparing to host their Yorkshire counterparts at Elland Road on this coming weekend and with goal difference the only thing separating the two sides it is fair to say they are very evenly matched.
Leeds will be keen to return to winning ways with just one win from their last four Championship encounters.
Meanwhile, the Owls saw a run of four straight victories come crushing down on Tuesday evening as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home against Brentford.
Both sides will be gunning for the three points at the weekend and here, Football Insider have selected who will come out as winners in the best set of individuals:
Keiren Westwood would take the goalkeeper spot in an evenly matched contest with Rob Green.
The latter has been very impressive in recent times for Leeds, but Westwood is just that bit more agile than the 37-year-old and has kept an impressive 12 clean sheets from his 31 matches this campaign.
However, it is a different story in the defence with Leeds coming out as victors with three of the four selections.
Pontus Jansson, Luke Ayling and Charlie Taylor have all played key roles in the Yorkshire giants’ success this season, while former Leeds man Tom Lees has been a massive miss for Wednesday in recent matches.
Neither Glenn Loovens, Vincent Sasso, Liam Palmer or Adam Reach are good enough to make the team, while Bartley just misses out due to Lees’ quality.
Ahead of the midfield sees the Owls take the win with Fernando Forestieri, Sam Hutchinson and Ross Wallace all representing Carlos Carvalhal’s team, while Liam Bridcutt is the lonely Leeds player.
The midfielders would certainly help shield the defence and are just more proven than Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O’Kane, while Forestieri and Wallace have more end product that Hadi Sacko, Stuart Dallas and Modou Barrow.
Finally, in the attack sees an even scoreline with star forward Chris Wood and Jordan Rhodes claiming the positions.
The New Zealand international has a stunning return of 22 goals in 36 encounters for the club, while Rhodes has 92 goals in 194 Championship appearances.
It is fair to say that the likes of Gary Hooper, Steve Fletcher, Marcus Antonsson and Winall aren’t up to the level of the two forwards in the team and that is why they miss out.
Overall, there are five Leeds players to Sheffield Wednesday’s six in the team, but Whites fans will certainly be hoping their team proves us wrong and does the talking on the pitch.
In other Leeds news, Callum McMananaman has made this comment about the clash on Twitter.