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Change at the back: The Bristol City XI that Johnson may name for Leeds United clash



Bristol City begin a difficult run of games with a trip to Elland Road on Saturday.

The Robins face Leeds United tomorrow before a four-game run that sees them host both West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, and visit the Den to face Millwall.

The clash with the Whites looks set to be a tough test for the South West club, who have come away with no points from three meetings with them since Marcelo Bielsa took charge.

Bielsa’s side may have only won once this year but they were fantastic against Brentford in midweek and looked back to their best.

City will be buoyed by their victory over Derby County on Wednesday and will know that a win would see them go level on points with Leeds, who are in second as things stand.

With that in mind, here is the XI that Johnson is likely to field at Elland Road on Saturday…

City’s backline may not have been able to keep things as tight as they did last season but the arrival of Dan Bentley has been a huge success.

The shot-stopper has pulled off some vital saves for them and regularly helped them secure results they didn’t necessarily deserve.

Leeds have hardly been free-scoring in recent weeks, finding the net once in their last three games, but you feel Bentley will still have a big part to play if Johnson’s men are to get a result.

Filip Benkovic was excellent in his full debut against Derby on Wednesday and looks set to reprise his role, though you feel City may bring in Nathan Baker in place of Ashley Williams to freshen things up.

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Benkovic’s height could be a real factor on Saturday, with Robins assistant coach Jamie McAllister hinting that set-pieces may be key.

Given the success in midweek and the effectiveness that Sheffield Wednesday have had playing 4-4-2 against Leeds this season, you feel Johnson may opt to stick with that formation.

In central midfield, Korey Smith picked up a slight niggle against the Rams but such is his important you’d imagine he is still likely to start alongside Markus Henriksen, who was named man of the match on his debut.

Niclas Eliasson now has 12 assists this season and will surely reprise his role on the flanks, with Jamie Paterson, who has looked reborn since his return from Derby in January.

Upfront, Nahki Wells and Famara Diedhiou look set to start again together and are a striking pair that could be a real nuisance for the Whites backline.

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