Leeds United, after a promising start to their season under the tutelage of Thomas Christiansen, have been stumbling of late in the Championship. The Whites have lost three games on the trot and they need to get back to the winning ways in order to better their chances of earning a promotion to the Premier League.
At this stroke of the hour, Leeds United are placed at the 6th spot in the league table with 20 points after 12 games. Christiansen’s outfit is due to make a trip to the Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday and here is how he is likely to dish out his starting line-up against the Robins.
Andy Lonergan was used between the sticks against Reading by Christiansen last weekend and owing to the strong display, despite having failed to clean sheet, he put forth against the Royals, he should be used ahead of Felix Wiedwald this weekend.
A four-man defensive wall is likely to be manoeuvred with Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper at the heart of their defence. Neither Janssen nor Cooper has been able to produce resilient outings so far this season and they would need to uplift the standard of their game.
From the right-back slot, we expect the industry of Luke Ayling to be showcased after the 26-year-old signed a new improved deal with the Whites whereas, at the left-back position, Gaetano Berardi is likely to be given the nod to start.
Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira is anticipated to be used in the middle of the park. The latter hasn’t been used on plenty of occasion for the Yorkshire based outfit and it is about time we could see him getting back to the starting line-up.
The duo of O’Kane and Vieira has to ensure that they dictate the tempo of the game and at the same time, they do need to cushion the backline of their employers. Samu Saiz, one of the standout performers for the club, should start as the no. 10.
Right up front, Pierre Michel-Lasogga is likely to start the game as the striker and it goes without saying that the summer signing would have to find the back of the net at any cost. Besides, he needs to be supplied adequately as well.
At the left-wing, Stuart Dallas should get start whereas, on the other flank, Ezgjan Alioski deserves to start. The two wingers should be the ones generating juicy deliveries into the box and create adequate goal-scoring opportunities for his side.
This is how they might line up: