COMMENT By Will Butcher
Garry Monk will see his Leeds side secure their 19th win of the Championship season if he makes three changes to his side to face Ipswich.
The 37-year-old saw his side hang on by the skin of their teeth to a 2-1 win against Bristol City on Tuesday night, thanks to strikes from international stars Pablo Hernandez and Chris Wood.
With Leeds’ second-half performance a cause for concern for Monk as Lee Johnson’s side threatened to steal a point, Monk should alter his side as they travel to Portman Road for Saturday’s clash.
Liam Bridcutt and Alfonso Pedraza should return to the side, while Gambia international Modou Barrow should be given his first start as a Leeds player.
The attacking duo and captain Bridcutt would come in for Ireland international Eunan O’Kane, £3million summer signing Kemar Roofe and Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko.
With an unpredictability in attack provided by deadline-day signings Barrow and Pedraza, Leeds will be able to counter-attack with success away from Elland Road.
Ex-England international Rob Green remains between the sticks as Marco Silvestri’s future continues to plunge into doubt, as he warms the substitutes’ bench.
With Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Gaetano Berardi in defence, Leeds have won three of their last four games.
Berardi continues at left-back as Charlie Taylor steps up his recovery from an achilles injury, while unsung hero Ayling continues to shine from the right side of defence.
Jansson and Bartley have arguably been Monk’s best two signings in charge at Leeds, and their partnership continues against Ipswich.
Leader Bridcutt returns to partner Ronaldo Vieira in the middle of the park after seeing out his one-match suspension, with Pablo Hernandez set to be in buoyant mood following his winner against Bristol City.
He, along with Barrow and Pedraza, will be looking to provide top scorer Chris Wood with a chance to equal Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle at the top of the Championship goalscoring charts.
A win could prove crucial in Leeds hunt for promotion, as they remain in fifth while third placed Huddersfield take on Reading, who sit in fourth.
In other Leeds news, Barrow has revealed what Monk expects from his players.