Leeds United were outclassed by Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium in the midweek Championship fixture, wherein the Whites were defeated 3-1 by the Bluebirds. Apart from a loss, skipper Liam Cooper was also handed a red card, which made their outing more miserable.
They are now placed 3rd in the league table with 20 points after 10 league outings. Having failed to bag any point against Neil Warnock’s outfit, Leeds United are due to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Sunday. Here is how we expect Thomas Christiansen to dish out his starting line-up against the Owls.
Felix Wiedwald has been the undisputed choice for Christiansen for the custodian’s role and it is highly unlikely that he would not be afforded a place between the sticks in the upcoming fixture. Wiedwald would be itching to get a clean sheet under his belt after having leaked three goals against the Bluebirds.
Pontus Jansson is expected to start at the heart of the defence of the Yorkshire based outfit and he is likely to be teed up alongside Matthew Pennington. Pennington fared well after he was brought onto the pitch for the second half against Cardiff City and a lot would be expected from him in the upcoming fixture.
From the right-back position, we feel that Luke Ayling would be given the nod to start the game to showcase his industry whereas, at the left-back slot, we expect Gaetano Berardi to start, although he failed to impress in the last fixture.
Right in the middle, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips should be starting the game together after a devastating league debut for Mateusz Klich who failed to impress against Cardiff City.
Vieira and Phillips would not only be able to cushion the backline but would also be able to create an impetus for their side’s attacking endeavours. Summer signing Samuel Saiz is expected to be pencilled at the no. 10 slot.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga is anticipated to spearhead the line-up of the Peacocks this weekend. From the left-wing, we expect Stuart Dallas to start to aid Lasogga whereas, at the right wing, Ezgjan Alioski is likely to be engineered.
It would be unfair to say that the attackers of the Yorkshire based outfit were not willing in their last outing, but then, they failed to impose any sort of a strong attacking tooth and couldn’t really pressure on the opposition. They have to do a lot better against Sheffield Wednesday.
This is how they might line up: