Predicted Leeds United line-up to face QPR in the FA Cup
After two consecutive games in the league, Championship leaders Leeds United would be aiming to get back to winning ways when they face Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup at Loftus Road this Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa’s men lost to Nottingham Forest but they stay at the summit and remain the favourites to play Premier League football next season.
While the promotion is in everyone’s minds at Elland Road, a good cup run in such a famous competition would be icing on the cake. They are up against a QPR side who haven’t lost a game in five, and are coming into this game with confidence.
Kalvin Phillips is suspended for this game, while Izzy Brown and Stuart Dallas will come back by the end of this month. Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi are expected to be back by next month. Patrick Bamford nursed another injury and might not be risked for this game. Tom Pearce is also injured.
Probable Leeds United XI
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Will Huffer (GK)
Bailey Peacock-Farrell is expected to get a rest and with Jamal Blackman injured and returned to Chelsea, a chance for Will Huffer to impress.
Jamie Shackleton (RB)
Stuart Dallas is injured and Luke Ayling should get a rest, hence, an opportunity for Shackleton at right-back.
Pontus Jansson (CB)
The Peacocks are short on centre-backs and the suspension to Phillips isn’t helping the cause. Thus, Jansson may continue to play games without any rest.
Aapo Halme (CB)
The youngster is expected to get a chance in this game. If he impresses, the manager might have an extra option in this position.
Leif Davis (LB)
Barry Douglas is expected to be rested for this game, hence, there could be a chance for Davis at left-back.
Adam Forshaw (CDM)
He has been starting the last few games in this position but with Phillips suspended, expect the Englishman to keep his place.
Lewis Baker (RCM)
He hasn’t had many opportunities in the league games to impress the manager. He should get a chance in this game.
Pablo Hernandez (LCM)
Mateusz Klich has played almost every game in the league and deserves a rest. With Hernandez missing a good chunk of games due to injury, expect him to continue playing without a rest.
Jack Harrison (RW)
The youngster should get another crack since he has been doing well and impressing the manager.
Tyler Roberts (ST)
With Kemar Roofe is expected to get a rest and Patrick Bamford still out, Roberts may get a chance to shine as a centre-forward.
Jack Clarke (LW)
He has been a super sub in the last few games for the Peacocks. Expect him to start this match.