Leeds United make the long trip to Swansea City tomorrow looking to make it seven wins in a row in the Championship after another three points at the weekend.
Leeds’ form in the Championship is better than the rest at the moment, with six successive wins in the league, and just one goal conceded in that time.
Their next game sees them away from home against Luke Williams’ Swansea City side, who are finally off the mark with a win under the new boss, coming away at playoff contenders Hull City on Saturday.
Leeds team news: No Struijk or Byram, James back
Daniel Farke’s press conference on Monday afternoon brought a handful of updates on Leeds’ injury situation, with a mixed bag.
Pascal Struijk remains out for the foreseeable with an unclear timeframe on his adductor recovery, while Sam Byram is out with a hamstring setback, and Jamie Shackleton is fit but absent due to personal reasons.
However, there is good news for Dan James, who is back into the squad for tomorrow after returning to full training.
Here, we look at the lineup we expect Farke to name for the trip to Swansea…
Leeds’ form at the moment means it’s virtually impossible to make tactical changes to the side, and with the injuries present and fitness of others, there’s few that can actually be made anyway.
In goal, Illan Meslier will be aiming to continue his run as the joint-top of the clean sheet table with 13 to his name so far this season in 29 outings, better than Leicester’s Mads Hermansen and West Brom’s Alex Palmer who are on the same tally from a game extra.
As a back four, there could be a case for Connor Roberts starting for the first time, after coming off the bench against Rotherham, but the lack of full training that he’ll have had due to our travelling to recent games means Farke might not be convinced he’s ready – so Archie Gray gets the nod again. Either way, it’s a reliable player at right-back.
In centre-back, Joe Rodon and Ethan Ampadu stay put as ever at the moment with Junior Firpo on the left – he could do with a rest too, but with Byram’s latest setback, that’s not possible.
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Farke’s attack should be enough for win at Swansea
Ilia Gruev and Glen Kamara are forming a symbiotic relationship at the heart of midfield, so their presence is guaranteed in the lineup, looking to provide a platform for an attack that are full of confidence right now.
Crysencio Summerville took his tally to 14 goals against the Millers with a brace, while Georginio Rutter hit double figures for assists when he played the Dutchman through for his first – and their swiftness in transition could agin be vital against a Swansea side not afraid to play out from the back.
James being back from injury could be a boost for the bench, but Willy Gnonto’s form is something Farke should be capitalising on by keeping him in the lineup, as he looks to be getting more comfortable coming in off the right.
A handy performance from Patrick Bamford kept his spirits high after the weekend, and while he wasn’t at his usual lively self in all aspects of attack, his presence is connecting our performances a great deal more than when he wasn’t starting.