Hernandez To Return, Bamford Leads The Line | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Luton Town

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Luton Town - Pablo Hernandez tipped to return the starting lineup.
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on November 02, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Leeds United will look to build a winning momentum when they host Luton Town on Tuesday. The Whites are coming on the back of a 3-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday, which has boosted their hopes of securing a direct promotion to the Premier League. Sealing another win on Tuesday, therefore, could potentially help them extend the three-point gap at the top, especially with West Brom facing a tricky test against Sheffield Wednesday.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Luton Town

Defence

Marcelo Bielsa is likely to name an unchanged defensive unit from the side that secured a well-deserved clean sheet against Fulham in the last game.

Ben White, in particular, emerged as one of the best performers and his industry and discipline could be key alongside Liam Cooper, at the heart of Leeds United’s four-man backline.

Luke Ayling was also impressive in dealing with the threat of Aleksandar Mitrovic. He is, therefore, a guaranteed starter at right-back, with Stuart Dallas featuring on the opposite flank. But, given Luton Town’s struggles this season, coach Bielsa might opt for a more attacking approach, which could see Ezgjan Alionski featuring in the second half, at the expense of Dallas.

Illan Meslier is an undisputed starter in between the sticks, with Kiko Casilla out suspended. The Frenchman will be looking for his fourth clean sheet in just five matches this midweek.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Luton Town - Luke Ayling is a vital cog in Leeds backline.
LEEDS, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Luke Ayling of Leeds United reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on June 27, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Midfield

Bielsa’s decision to deploy Mateusz Klich in a relatively deeper role against Fulham certainly paid dividends. He is more than expected to replicate that strategy, with the Pole operating alongside Kalvin Phillips in the double-pivot of a 4-2-3-1.

Klich does, however, tend to move forward in attacking instances, meaning it could transform into a 4-1-4-1 during possession phases, with Phillips operating as the deep-lying playmaker.

Further forward, Pablo Hernandez is finally tipped to make his first start since the restart. The Spaniard made a substitute appearance against Fulham and changed the game on its head. His influence, therefore, could be critical as Leeds look to breach the Luton defence this midweek.

Attack

The introduction of Hernandez in the number ten role should see Tyler Roberts return to the bench. But, the Welshman is almost guaranteed to feature as a second-half substitute.

Meanwhile, the wide-attacking duo of Helder Costa and Jack Harrison are both set to retain their place in the side as well as Patrick Bamford, who will spearhead the Leeds United attack. Jean-Kevin Augustin is out injured, meaning the ex-Chelsea starlet is the only option in the number nine slot.

Jack O’Brien

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