Javi Gracia takes Leeds United to Wolves this weekend looking for a return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Leeds have picked up four points from Gracia’s three games in-charge so far and have also lost in the FA Cup to Fulham.
They haven’t won since a 1-0 victory against Southampton, though, with a trip to Molineux to face Wolves looking presentable enough given their struggle to pull clear of trouble this season.
Early Leeds team news v Wolves
Irritatingly for Leeds, though, they are going to be without Tyler Adams against Wolves. The midfielder has a hamstring strain that’s going to see him miss a period of fixtures for both club and country.
Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas are long-term absentees at Leeds, whilst Liam Cooper is another that’s not yet played under Gracia. He has been included in the Scotland squad for the upcoming international break, though, teasing his return could come at Wolves.
Luis Sinisterra and Rodrigo were both able to return from the bench against Brighton last weekend, so could be in-line for more minutes.
Wolves v Leeds predictions?
Predicted Leeds XI v Wolves
As our graphic shows, we are expecting to see Adams’ absence covered by a Marc Roca and Weston McKennie double-pivot in central midfield.
McKennie’s return to the side is one of three changes, with the other two coming in the final third, where Willy Gnonto and Rodrigo are recalled to the starting line-up to replace Brenden Aaronson and Crysencio Summerville.
Rodrigo joins Patrick Bamford in a two-man attacking axis, with Gnonto on the left and Jack Harrison on the right.
In terms of the back-five, Illan Meslier, Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Max Wober and Junior Firpo are starting to settle as a unit and should continue.