Leeds United’s Sky Bet Championship campaign has started with spectacular victories against Stoke City (3-1) and Derby County (4-1), but eyes tonight turn to the Carabao Cup and Bolton Wanderers.

The Trotters come to Elland Road full in the knowledge that Leeds United will be considering this cup game as importantly as they do every league game. Marcelo Bielsa has a policy of ‘every game, every day’ and virtually gave his side away in the pre-match presser yesterday.

Bolton have made 10 changes to the side that played at the weekend, and Leeds United themselves have made eight changes to face the Lancashire side. What is impressive is, however, that Leeds’ selection is by no means a traditional ‘second XI’ or ‘midweek cup side’.

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For Leeds fans, they get the chance to see four of their five summer arrivals (Jamal Blackman, Lewis Baker, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford) make their starting debuts and on home ground too. Pontus Jansson also starts for his first involvement under Marcelo Bielsa. Youngsters Tom Pearce and Jamie Shackleton also get the chance to shine at Elland Road.

Despite playing on Sunday, Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Samu Saiz also start with Gaetano Berardi, Mateusz Klich, Gjanni Alioski and Kemar Roofe amongst the substitutes. The bench also sees a return for Conor Shaughnessy with Laurens De Bock also featuring despite only playing yesterday in the Under-23’s 2-1 win over Coventry city’s youngsters.

With such a strong line-up, featuring many of Sunday’s shining stars, Leeds United fans have been more than quick to pass comment over on Twitter. Here’s what some of them have to say:

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