Leeds United host Swansea City tomorrow evening looking to gather momentum after their last-ditch equaliser against Middlesbrough last weekend.
Kalvin Phillips headed home a 101st-minute leveller to snatch a well-deserved point at the Riverside to move top of the table, although they slipped back to second after Norwich’s win on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to name a side he thinks can overcome Graham Potter’s Swans, as he looks to orchestrate a win to keep their automatic promotion prospects on track.
Leeds have faltered in recent weeks, winning just two of their last seven games and losing four, but they remain in the hunt for the title.
Games are starting to run out, and even in their lofty position, games are becoming must-win for the Whites if they are to win a place back in the Premier League next season.
Two games in five days makes it difficult to name the same XI, and with the midweek clash the usual fodder for change, here are TWO alterations to the team Bielsa must enforce for Wednesday’s match…
Luke Ayling out, Jamie Shackleton in
Luke Ayling has suffered criticism in recent weeks for his below-par performances, compared to the start of the campaign, and could deem himself fortunate to still be in the side.
Jamie Shackleton came on for the final ten minutes of normal time at Boro, plus the 12 added at the end of the game and was impressive
He was confident on the ball and more direct – something that Ayling lacked in the previous 80 minutes.
For the visit of Swansea, who have wingers with pace and overlapping fullbacks, it might be better to have the fresh legs of Shackleton in ahead of Ayling.
Jack Clarke out, Pablo Hernandez in
Jack Clarke was taken to hospital after falling ill at the weekend, and that will rule him out of tomorrow’s clash.
So, the obvious change to make would be taking Clarke out and restoring Pablo Hernandez to the starting XI.
Coming back to face his old team, the veteran Spaniard will want to put on a performance and Wednesday could be impeccable timing by naming him in from the start to get exactly what Bielsa wants from him.