Another day, another Leeds United match that we expect them to win. 2017 is pretty great, isn’t it?
Today, Leeds travel to Sutton to face another lower-division “United” club after dismantling Cambridge United in the Third Round just a few short weeks ago. We’ll have to take on Sutton though without the man key to that FA Cup victory, as goal-scorer and MOTM Alex Mowatt was shipped to Barnsley earlier in the week.
With no incoming transfers to fill his shoes (yet...), Garry Monk’s squad is a little short on depth. Murphy, Diagouraga, and Mowatt have all left the club in January, and even though most fans (and Garry himself) expect a few signings before Tuesday’s deadline, they’re not here for the FA Cup tie.
So who will the manager put on the pitch? Will he prioritise the FA Cup and start a full strength squad against a National League side? Will he give it over to the youth and start Denton, Wilks, and others? We’ll likely see a combination of those two answers. And we’ll have the lineups for you here in the Gamethread as soon as they’re announced.
So before the match, read James Mahoney’s full preview, read Anatoliy Ivantchouk’s three MOTM possibilities (released in a few hours), and then come back here to enjoy the game in the comments with us. Not everyone can travel to Gander Green Lane today... if you can’t, you’re welcome to follow along with us.
Sutton United vs. Leeds United
FA Cup Round Four
Gander Green Lane (Borough Sports Ground), London Borough of Sutton
BT Sport, Fox Sports 1, LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds, International Listings
Sunday, January 29, 2017
6:00am PT / 9:00am ET / 2:00pm BT
Leeds United starting XI
Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, McKay, Denton, Whitehouse, Dallas, Phillips, Grimes, Doukara, Antonsson
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Roofe, Wilks, Vieira, Sacko, Ayling, Vann
Sutton United starting XI
Worner, Downer, Spence, Collins, Amankwaah, Deacon, Bailey, Eastmond, Gomis, Biamou, May
Subs: John, Fitchett, Gueye, Monakana, Traore, Tubbs, Shaw
Johnny Wakefield: 2-0 Leeds. We should win this no matter who we start. I’d love to see Antonsson and Wilks score goals today, especially the latter of those two, after the tragedy the young man has faced this week, even if he’s coming off the bench. Never mind, let him score three. 4-0 Leeds, and on to face Chelsea in round five.
James Mahoney: 3-0 Leeds. I believe Leeds will avoid defeat this afternoon. Leeds will be better prepared than they were against Cambridge in the last round and will control proceedings and progress comfortably to the fifth round. MOT.
Ben Mallis: 2-0 Leeds. I think the first half will be a defensive affair and we will head into the sheds goalless. After the break, Monk will insert some first team talent and that will be enough to secure the victory.
Jack Dudley: 2-0 Leeds. I'm slightly annoyed we have such a "weak" opponent. Brighton and Newcastle both out means the longer we go on, of course, it's more games for our now-thinner squad than for them. Not ideal. A win, then hopefully a big boy away in the next round and we can get back to the priority.
Joshua Gilbert: 3-1 Leeds. I think Leeds will score early, and then Sutton will tie the game right before half. Monk will light a fire in the team and the 2nd half will be all ours.
Give us your prediction in the comments below, then come back at game time. MOT.