Leeds United are back in action on Wednesday when they face Cardiff City at Elland Road in a replay of their FA Cup third round tie.
A late fightback earned Jesse Marsch’s men a spot in the draw for the fourth round. But they will now need to overcome the Championship opposition if they want to set up a tie against Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley.
Marsch is coming under real pressure from the supporters right now. So it does feel like an extremely important game for the American. And with that, it would be no surprise to see Leeds go at almost full strength for the game.
Leeds predicted lineup vs Cardiff: Kristensen, Wober and Greenwood start
There will be some changes ahead of the weekend’s game against Brentford. But with that clash on Sunday, Marsch can perhaps afford to take a couple more risks.
Certainly, Illan Meslier looks likely to start in goal. And he may play in front of a backline consisting of Rasmus Kristensen, Max Wober, Liam Cooper and Junior Firpo.
Tyler Adams and Marc Roca may start in midfield. And Sam Greenwood could join them in a midfield three, which could also switch to a 4-2-3-1.
It seems too soon for Patrick Bamford to start. But he did score against Aston Villa last time out. So maybe there is a chance. But the smart money surely says that Rodrigo will keep his place.
Jack Harrison and Willy Gnonto were excellent against Villa last week. Meanwhile, Brenden Aaronson very much needs a rest as his form continues to disappoint.
Elsewhere, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk and Joe Gelhardt may also be in contention. But it is a good opportunity to go strong while also making a couple of changes.
With that in mind, here is the potential lineup in full…
Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Max Wober, Liam Cooper, Junior Firpo; Tyler Adams, Marc Roca, Sam Greenwood; Jack Harrison, Rodrigo, Willy Gnonto