It’s been a very rocky week for Leeds United as we were defeated by longtime Yorkshire rivals Bradford City in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday. Not to mention, after the defeat at Watford, it is time for the club to move on.
With Dave Hockaday relieved of his short-lived duties at Leeds United, it is time to forget the past and focus on Bolton. Bolton are also struggling to get going and have only earned one point from the first four Championship matches this season. However, the club did manage to get a victory over Crewe on Tuesday and that will give them some momentum heading to Elland Road. Bolton do have some decent players and Dougie Freedman will have done his homework, looking to exploit our weaknesses in speed.
After the Bradford City match, Leeds will be without Luke Murphy due to suspension after two (in my opinion, lazy) tackles. I’d look for Caretaker Manager Neil Redfearn to assess who is tired and give a chance to some of our youth players who have been doing very well so far. Now that Rudy Austin picked up a hamstring injury in training, this maybe the chance Lewis Cook needs on Saturday. I’d expect some form of attacking football from Leeds and maybe a surprise or two in midfield. With Sam Byram out through suspension, Gaetano Berardi (if not injured as reported on Wednesday) will look to make amends for his karate kick (silly) tackle at the beginning of the season. The completion for that RB spot will come from Scott Wootton who will look to retain his position that he handled decently on Wednesday and possibly youth player, Zac Thompson. We haven’t really seen Benedicic in action yet and Saturday may be a good opportunity to see what he can do. We could even see a total change up with players having tired legs due to Hockaday playing the reduced squad on the pitch for the full match using only one substitution.
Leeds United line up prediction (your guess is as good as mine):
GK- Silvestri, RB- Berardi, CB-Pearce, Cooper, LB-Warnock
RM- Ajose, CM- Cook, Bianchi, LM-Mowatt
ST- Sharp, Smith
Bench: Sloth, Antenucci, Poleon, Taylor, Benedicic, Wootton, GK- Taylor
Game Prediction: 2-0 win for Leeds. Go get em’ Coach Redfearn!