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QPR: The XI that Mark Warburton should deploy against Leeds on Saturday

QPR travel to Elland Road on Saturday to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, who are currently sat 3rd in the Championship.

Just two points behind the promotion hopefuls however are Mark Warburton’s side, who could potentially break into the automatic promotion places with a win – providing other results go their way, of course.

The R’s could’ve made further inroads at the top of the table if they had been victorious in the west London derby on Monday, although Brentford reigned supreme by three goals to one.

In Leeds’ case, Bielsa oversaw a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday last time out, so both sides will presumably be looking to get back into winning form.

Let’s take a look at the XI Warburton should put out to give his side a good chance of doing just that…

Against the Bees on Monday night, Warburton opted to start with a back four consisting of 37-year-old Angel Rangel, with Bright Osayi-Samuel and Josh Scowen also part of the XI further forward – Jordan Hugill missed out through suspension.

Against Leeds, however, Warburton should drop all three of them and revert back to a five-man backline as he has done on five occasions so far this season.

Why? Well, we outlined that two Leeds players may cause QPR problems this weekend, with one of them being defensive-midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Warburton should look to make the 23-year-old’s life harder by putting both Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair on him in the middle of the park, meaning that Phillips will have two problems to think about.

To offset that, a five-man backline with the impressive Ryan Manning at left wing-back , who we previously outlined fits the role like a glove, will provide the width along with Todd Kane at right wing-back.

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Dominic Ball – whose work in the middle has previously helped Eze and Chair thrive – should also come back in for his first appearance since the defeat against Cardiff.

Hugill should also be drafted back into the side alongside Wells, as the Bermuda international seemed to struggle up top when on his own against Brentford – the on-loan striker had just 31 touches of the ball, the least of any player on the pitch including the goalkeepers.

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