Leeds United make the trip to Wolves tonight as they look to record back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since mid-January.
The Whites left it very late to beat fellow relegation battlers Norwich City last time out at Elland Road, but Jesse Marsch’s side got the job done in what was undeniably a must-win game for the hosts.
Tonight’s clash against Wolves represents a different test and far tougher opposition than what they faced in the Canaries, with Bruno Lage’s men currently contesting for one of the European spots for next season.
Marsch has been handed a couple of very positive lifts on the injury front though, and with that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds might line up when they take on Wolves at Molineux on Friday night.
In goal, Illan Meslier will be hoping to pick up where he left off against Norwich, with the Frenchman using his face to make a point-blank save to deny Teemu Pukki a dramatic equaliser.
The back four could see one significant change, with the £25k-a-week Pascal Struijk dropping out of the starting line-up and Robin Koch coming back into the fold in his more natural centre-back role. The Dutchman hasn’t been at the races this calendar year and could do with being taken out of the firing line.
Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich will resume their central midfield partnership, but Kalvin Phillips’ return to the matchday squad gives Marsch a massive boost not only for tonight, but for the rest of the season too.
Indeed, when questioned about whether Phillips would actually be thrown straight into the deep end, the Leeds manager had this to say in his pre-match press conference: “Same as Patrick. Make a plan and stick to the plan. I am very disciplined when it comes to managing the players physically. Need a fully-fit and healthy team.”
Further forward, the American is likely to stick with what he selected against Norwich, with Rodrigo looking touch-and-go on whether he makes the team.
The Leeds boss said of the Spaniard on Thursday: “I think he will train today and we’re hopeful that everything is going to be ready to go. When we did the scan, it seems like he has a little bit of an old injury and it’s just about managing some of the symptoms. So we’re hopeful that he’ll be ready also for tomorrow.”