Leeds United are looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they host newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth at Elland Road on Saturday.
Jesse Marsch’s side picked up an astonishing victory over Liverpool at Anfield last weekend courtesy of Cyrensio Summerville, ending a streak that had seen them without a win since the third game of the season.
It left them 15th, but only one point above the relegation zone. Bournemouth are not much better, just a point and a place above the Yorkshire outfit, and coming off the back of three straight losses. A win for either side could propel them out of danger and up as high as 11th place, handing both sides added incentive to grab what is sure to be a hard-fought three points in Yorkshire.
Read on for the latest team news, plus how we expect Leeds to line up.
Summerville seizes his chance
With no fresh injury concerns and having finally managed a win again this season, it seems unlikely that Marsch will change that successful formula. One man who certainly stands to benefit from this is youngster Cyrensio Summerville, who fired home the winner in the dying seconds at Anfield.
Considered a top talent at Elland Road, the winger could be in line to keep his place.
Quartet to miss out amid Sinisterra woes
There is some bad news on the injury front, however, with four players still ruled out. All of Adam Forshaw, Stuart Dallas and Archie Gray are likely to miss the clash, Marsch confirmed, while summer signing Luis Sinisterra has picked up a metatarsal injury.
It means that Leeds won’t see their electric winger again before the World Cup, and leaves the squad with a somewhat lightweight look in attack, with young Italian Wilfried Gnoto once again likely to take a spot on the bench alongside fellow youngsters Sam Greenwood and Joe Geldhardt.
Bamford benched again?
If Marsch does opt to make changes, recalling Patrick Bamford is by far the most likely option. The Leeds no.9 is recovering from injury and is yet to play 90 minutes this season, and has come off the bench to good effect in three of the last four games for Leeds.
However, we think it is more likely that the World Cup hopeful will remain among the substitutes for the game against the Cherries.