, Predicted Leeds United Starting XI vs Wigan

Predicted Leeds United Starting XI vs Wigan

Leeds United will be looking to right the wrongs of the Nottingham Forest draw, and make the pressure pay, when they face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

The game against much fancied Forest saw Leeds United apply their dominant high-press game, a style that throttles teams not able to cope with the lack of possession.

Against Forest, the Whites limited their opponents to 29.5% of the ball, with whatever ball they had leading to them being harried and passing accuracy being affected.

It will be a similar game that Marcelo Bielsa employs against Wigan, albeit with some possible tweaks to take into account the difference in opposition.

Leeds United fans already know, and accept, that it will be a different side against Wigan than that which started against Nottingham Forest, the injury to Luke Ayling seeing to that.

Here’s a look at the possible Starting XI that Leeds United might put out against Wigan Athletic in another game under the watchful eye of the Sky Sports cameras.

Leeds United potential starting XI vs Wigan Athletic

Goalkeeper: Bailey Peacock-Farrell – a no-brainer choice here. Marcelo Bielsa has installed you young Leeds stopper as his #1. Player loyalty and manager belief will see Peacock-Farrell named on Sunday.

Defence: Barry Douglas (LB), Liam Cooper (CB), Pontus Jansson (CB), Stuart Dallas (RB) – Douglas came through the 2-1 Under-23s victory against Hull City after a 60-minute run out. He was taken off, a sign that he’s being prepped for Sunday’s game – the chance against Hull an opportunity to dust off the cobwebs. Although it might pain some, Stuart Dallas is being switched over to the right side of defence where, in honesty, he played better against Forest when Luke Ayling went off.

Midfield: Kalvin Phillips (DM), Mateusz Klich (CM), Adam Forshaw (CM), Gjanni Alioski (LW/LM), Pablo Hernandez (RW/RM) – same old, same old for the game against Wigan that Leeds fans saw take the field against Forest last time out. Marcelo Bielsa brought in Forshaw, and was impressed with his approach to the game, an approach that allowed Klich to play higher up the pitch. Forshaw came in for influential Spaniard Samu Saiz, this being the only possible change that Bielsa might be tempted to make.

Striker: Kemar Roofe – put aside the controversy over his handled equaliser against Forest, Roofe is a man in form for the Whites. His speed, and movement off the ball, is what gives central defenders problems and worries aplenty. With the fit-again assist-king Barry Douglas likely to bolster crossing options, then it would be a safe bet to see Marcelo Bielsa electing to start with Roofe up top once again.

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