Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Brentford: Senior trio make comebacks in Christiansen XI
By Danny Wright
Leeds United are expected to be back to full strength for their clash against Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday evening.
Kalvin Phillips and Gaetano Berardi are very likely to return to Thomas Christiansen’s starting line-up after serving suspensions while Liam Cooper could make a comeback from a short-term injury.
Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Matthew Pennington are expected to make way for the returning senior trio as Leeds look to arrest their current slump in form in West London this weekend.
Andy Lonergan is expected to keep his pace in goal after showing a marked improvement since coming in to replace Felix Wiedwald.
Christiansen could make two changes to his defence with Cooper and Berardi joining Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling.
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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been ruled out of the clash meaning that one-time Switzerland international Berardi is likely to come back in at left-back.
Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira could start in the deeper-lying midfield roles with Phillips in a more advanced position ahead of them.
Kemar Roofe and Samuel Saiz are expected to start in the wide positions, providing support to Pierre-Michael Lasogga, who is perhaps the first name on the team sheet due to the Whites’ poor striker options.
Leeds have lost five of their last six fixtures going into this weekend’s visit to Griffin Park to play a Brentford side whose form has been at the other end of the spectrum, having avoided defeat in their last eight.
Calls for Christiansen to be sacked grew louder on social media after Tuesday’s loss to Derby and there’s no doubt that a win against the Bees will go a long way in proving them doubters wrong.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville has claimed why the Whites are struggling in the transfer market.