Not long to go now, Leeds United host Derby in the second leg of the Play-Off Semi Final. Of course, the first leg ended in a 1-0 victory for Leeds away at Pride Park, with Kemar Roofe scoring the all-important goal to give Leeds the advantage. It’s expected to be a sell-out at Elland Road and it’s almost certainly going to be one of the most rocking atmosphere Leeds have had in recent years. Here’s who we expect to start for Leeds:
Kiko Casilla: ‘El Gato’ as Salim Lamrani called him, was untested in terms of shots on target on Saturday but it’s extremely unlikely he’ll experience a similar comfort as Derby come to Leeds needing goals.
Stuart Dallas: Our only left-back option. Dallas put in a confident performance on Saturday, it was hard to tell he’d been out the side struggling with injury for a large part of the season.
Gaetano Berardi: I am doubtful that Pontus Jansson will be in a condition to play tomorrow night. Besides, Berardi put in an assured performance to nullify Derby’s offensive threat.
Liam Cooper: Man of the hour and the crux of Leeds’ defence. The triple block he made on Saturday stands out in the memory and Cooper is vital to Leeds’ success in the Play-Offs.
Luke Ayling: Another solid performance on Saturday leaves no questions over Leeds’ starting right-back. Though, his position these days is more just anywhere on the right-hand side with the amount he finds himself to advance.
Kalvin Phillips: Front-line Kalvin put a stop to many of Derby’s moves on Saturday and was able to release the ball quickly when won. Just a shame about that wayward shot early on, but at least he saw the humorous side himself.
Jamie Shackleton: With Adam Forshaw confirmed injured, I thoroughly expect Shackleton to be finally rewarded with a starting place. Usually you may be nervous about starting a youngster but Shack is a complete professional. His dynamism and extra threat going forward gave Leeds a bit of extra spice on Saturday.
Jack Harrison: Saturday was one of Jack’s performances of the season. Most notably he provided the all important cross to find Roofe in the box. More of the same please.
Pablo Hernandez: Funnily enough, Pablo had a rather quiet day at the office on Saturday. Don’t expect it to stay like this. Leeds will be relying on their miracle man to pull something out the bag that hopefully gives them a more comfortable lead.
Mateusz Klich: With Shack and Phillips in the centre of midfield, Klich is allowed to move further forward. He almost plays as a second striker at times. His off the ball movement is clearly vital for Leeds’ attacking runs and he seems to be finding his early season stride again.
Patrick Bamford: With Roofe injured, Bamford returns to number 9. Having faced a 2 game suspension for simulation, Bamford will be raring to go. He’s not had the easiest of seasons but he has shown glimpses where he’s been able to make the difference for Leeds up front. Elland Road will be sure to give him the confidence he needs to put this tie to bed.