January 24, 2024

Leeds United hosts Norwich City this evening in their second of three home games in the span of six days.


Leeds will try to make it four league wins in a row for the first time this season to put pressure on the three teams ahead of them, since no other teams in the Championship are playing.


Even at the busiest times of Leeds’ season, such as over the Christmas and New Year break, Farke has relished sticking with a consistent starting lineup over the past few months.


Willy Gnonto and Pascal Struijk are probably Leeds’ only two significant absences from tonight’s match, but the latter is anticipated to make a late decision over his bench spot.


Farke intimated during his pre-game press conference that there wouldn’t be many, if any, changes made tonight. It seems more likely that they will show up for Saturday’s FA Cup matchup with Plymouth Argyle.


Farke teases tonight’s starting lineup

“I think we’ll rotate then a bit more [vs Plymouth],” he stated. There’s no justification; things happen quickly. From Sunday afternoon through Wednesday evening, we should be prepared, in theory.


You wouldn’t really expect Farke to make many changes, but he does have choices in a few different places should he feel the need.


Birmingham City vs. Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship


Now that he’s fully recovered, Sam Byram might start at full-back on either side. For various reasons, it’s crucial to avoid overworking Archie Gray or Junior Firpo.


Liam Cooper will also be itching to get started, but given their recent performances, it would probably mean benching either Ilia Gruev or Ethan Ampadu.


Joel Piroe, who scored the late winner for Leeds on Sunday from the penalty spot, is finally fighting for his first Championship start since the team’s 1-0 loss to West Brom back in December.

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