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4-2-3-1 Leeds United Predicted Line-up To Face Burnley: Berardi To Start?

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Leeds United are due to make a trip to Turf Moor this midweek in order to lock horns against Burnley in the League Cup. The Yorkshire based club would be looking forward to returning to winning ways after their 1-0 loss at the hands of Millwall last weekend.

Sean Dyche’s outfit shared points with Liverpool last weekend and will be aiming to outclass Thomas Christiansen’s troops. Considering that both these sides have a commendable arsenal, the match promises to be a mouth-watering one.

Here is how we expect Christiansen to dish out his starting line-up against Burnley:

Defence

Felix Wiedwald is expected to be given a rest, and thus, summer signing Andy Lonergan is seemingly likely to be handed the custodian’s role. Lonergan moved to the Elland Road from the ranks of Wolverhampton Wanderers and considering that he has adequate experience under his belt, he would be a safe bet to be stationed between the sticks.

At the heart of the defence of the Peacocks, Liam Cooper and Conor Shaughnessy should be pencilled, as Pontus Jansson limped out of the defeat at the Den. It would be an excellent chance for Shaughnessy to bag experience under his belt whereas the responsibility of marshalling the backline would be put on Cooper’s shoulders.

From the right-back position, we anticipate Gaetano Berardi is likely to start the proceedings after being an unused substitute against Millwall whereas on the left-back slot, veteran Vurnon Anita should be getting the nod to start the proceedings, thus forming a four-man defensive wall.

Midfield

Right at the middle of the park, we expect the duo of Mateusz Klich and Ronaldo Vieira to be engineered. The duo has to dictate the tempo of the game from the centre and keep possession. Further, these two would have to cushion the backline and have to ensure that they push the game forward with their passes and vision.

As the no.10, newcomer Samu Saiz is expected to start, but one of the things he needs to do in the upcoming fixture is that he needs to create ample amount of space for himself as well as for his teammates and render adequate support to the attackers.

Attack

Pawel Cibicki is likely to spearhead Leeds United’s attack and it goes without saying that the former Malmo man would be keen to find the back of the net to showcase his calibre. On the left-wing, we expect Stuart Dallas to be given the nod, with Kemar Roofe on the right-wing.

Here is how they might line up:

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