With kick-off just under an hour away, Leeds United have released their starting XI and general match day squad Below) to face Derby County.
The Whites will be looking to continue the rich brand of football that they showed in dominating relegated Stoke City. That game saw the Whites employ Marcelo Bielsa’s pressing brand of football to perfection, harrying the Potters to such a degree that the final 3-1 scoreline flattered them.
Goals from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper, against a Benik Afobe penalty was enough to see Leeds United though against strong opponents. Fans will be looking at the following line-up to bring about a similar result against a very good Derby County side led by Frank Lampard in his first foray into club management.
Leeds United squad versus Derby County
Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Douglas, Cooper, Berardi, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Hernandez, Saiz, Roofe pic.twitter.com/Ghv0Cc5QQb
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 11, 2018
Today’s starting XI shows no changes from the side who started against Stoke last Sunday, Marcelo Bielsa resisting the temptation to introduce Pontus Jansson and £7million striker buy Patrick Bamford into the fray. Meanwhile, the bench shows one change, youngster Jamie Shackleton being brought into the matchday squad due to Stuart Dallas’ injury.
It is a lineup that has brought expected reactions from Leeds United fans on Twitter, here’s what some of them are saying ahead of tonight’s 5:30 kick-off:
Im hapy with that 😇 kinda feel jannson needs to be starting! Fair play to berardi! True warrior for us 😆
— dean madden (@rko4life2009) August 11, 2018
bamford on bench again. why splash all that cash just to park is arse on the bench
— mark kershaw (@markker68152708) August 11, 2018
💉💉💉💉 INJECT LAMPARDS TEARS INTO ME WHEN WE WIN
— James ⚪️ (@AlioskiWRLD) August 11, 2018
Love how everyone last week didn’t rate the team now this week they are loving it 😂
— Max Holmes (@MaxHolmes1994) August 11, 2018
Mixed reaction to the line up. The same team that humiliated Stoke so stick to your guns BUT Berardi out and Jansson in. Hard to say get Bamford in for Roofe when he played so well last week
— SJWilson30 (@SJWilson30) August 11, 2018
Hope this is how it continues if it ain’t broke don’t mess about with it earn your place .always drove me mad when chopped and changed after a win .our new manager just like sir Don .I predict 3 GETTT INNNNS TO NIL .mot
— Tez (@Tez99955845) August 11, 2018
Going to be heavily involved this season Shackleton is a right talent and only 18
— Kenneth Roy Brown (@kennybrown1964) August 11, 2018
— Britho (@librihaw) August 11, 2018
— Paul Grimley (@LPP2014) August 11, 2018