Predicted Leeds United Line-up To Face Birmingham City In EFL Championship
Leeds United are on a fantastic run right now and will be very strongly fancied to continue that form when they go to St. Andrew’s.
Kemar Roofe looks the part now and is finishing superbly. So he will be involved again, though with a slight shake-up expected given the hectic schedule, he may revert to the left wing, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga coming in.
Eunan O’Kane may start in the midfield in the place of Ronaldo Vieira, in what will otherwise be a very recognisable starting XI in the usual 4-2-3-1 formation:
Probable Leeds XI
Manager: Thomas Christiansen
GK – Felix Wiedwald
Having had his wobbles early in the season the German ‘keeper is now performing well and should once again start this game between the sticks.
RB – Luke Ayling
Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the former Bristol City man but for now he’s a trusted member of this side.
CB – Pontus Jansson
The big Swede will take up his usual role and will no doubt do it with unerring confidence. Jansson is one of Thomas Christiansen’s go-to men and any extended period out of the side for him would be bad news.
CB – Liam Cooper
Has struck up a good partnership with Jansson and is playing a full part in a team performing like Premier League candidates.
LB – Gaetano Berardi
Leeds have a lack of options in this position and so he’s likely to start again, though he may get his rest when a new left-back is brought in during the January window.
CM – Kalvin Phillips
Came off the bench at Burton but is likely to start here.
CM – Eunan O’Kane
With Ronaldo Vieira a doubt for this clash, Christiansen should stick with O’Kane in central midfield.
RW – Egzijan Alioski
Played wonderfully well earlier in the campaign and may be a part of Leeds’ best looking and best balanced forward line.
CAM – Pablo Hernandez
Started and scored last time out and so he may be given the chance once more to show what he can do in a No.10 role.
LW – Kemar Roofe
The versatile forward is hitting his seasonal peak and he might be the chief danger to an under-par Birmingham City defence.
ST – Pierre Michel Lasogga
The German hit-man may be involved from the start this time in a timely return for his club. Lasogga may yet be able to fire Leeds further up the table here.