However, with the League Cup not likely to be much of a priority for the 48-year-old manager in the current campaign, the American could well look to name something of a rotated side at Molineux – handing some of his lesser-seen first-teamers and brightest youth prospects some much-needed senior minutes against challenging opposition.
So, how many changes with Marsch make to the side that started the 4-3 win over Bournemouth last weekend?
Here’s how we at Football FanCast think the Leeds side could look tonight, as well as the latest team and injury news…
With Phil Hay revealing that Patrick Bamford looks likely to miss tonight’s meeting after suffering yet another injury setback, as well as Leeds currently possessing a number of extremely impressive young talents worthy of a shot in the first team, we predict that Marsch will make ten changes to the side the started the victory over the Cherries last time out.
There are wholesale changes in the back five, with Kristoffer Klaesson coming in for Illan Meslier between the sticks, Junior Firpo replacing Pascal Struijk at left-back, Leo Hjelde and Diego Llorente taking Liam Cooper and Robin Koch’s spots in the middle and Luke Ayling coming in for Rasmus Kristensen on the right.
In the middle of the park, both Tyler Adams and Marc Roca are handed rests, with Sam Greenwood and Mateusz Klich starting in Marsch’s two-man midfield.
In the three behind the forward, Italian “wonderkid” Wilfried Gnonto is handed his full debut on the left flank after two incredibly impressive displays from the bench, Joe Gelhardt starts in the number 10 role and back-to-back match-winner Crysencio Summerville starts on the right.
Finally, with Bamford out, Sonny Perkins is handed his first team debut up top, with the 18-year-old having been “absolutely on fire” for the U21s this season, in the words of scout Jacek Kulig, after scoring eight goals in 12 appearances.