Leeds United will square up against Stoke City again, this time in the League Cup encounter after demolishing them in the Championship tie earlier. The Whites were head and shoulders above the Potters and Stoke are now rooted in the bottom of the table.
The Whites have looked impressive, but they know that they need to keep their head down and continue with their excellent work. The cup tie will give Bielsa a chance to test some of his squad players, and we can expect some significant changes from the last game.
Team News: Liam Cooper is unlikely to be available for this game. Luke Ayling, Barry Douglas and Tyler Roberts are also on the treatment table. Apart from that, Bielsa should have everyone available for selection.
The Whites changed their setup in the last game as Jack Harrison played up front along with Bamford. We expect Bielsa to stick to this 3-4-1-2 formation, which is quite similar to his famed 3-3-1-3.
Illan Meslier wasn’t used in the tie against Salford City, so it seems like Kiko Casilla will continue in goal in the cup games as well. Kalvin Phillips played in the heart of the defence last time, and he is likely to play again in a similar role in this midweek clash. Ben White hasn’t put a foot wrong since his arrival, and he should start as the right-sided centre back. Gaetano Berardi is likely to start down the left with injury concerns for Cooper and others.
Stuart Dallas was a doubt for the last game, but he played at the weekend. He could be given a well-deserved rest, and we can see young Jamie Shackelton on the right-hand side in midfield. Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw might continue in central areas. Jack Clarke, who has been struggling for game time, will likely get a start on the left flank.
Young Mateusz Bogusz might get a chance to play in the ‘Enganche’ role. It could be a bit too much to ask from the 18-year-old to play that role, but Bielsa has never been afraid to throw youngsters in the mix.
Eddie Nketiah is expected to start up front after he impressed in his little cameos so far. Helder Costa will likely partner him up front. The former Benfica man has played in a central role before, and the two new signings are expected to lead the line.
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