Match: Leeds United v Millwall
Date: 28th January 2020
Time: 19.45 GMT, 14.45 ET, 11.45 PST.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Football.
Streaming: iFollow, LUTV (outside the UK).
When you have one win in seven you want a home match to get back on the horse, you would probably rather play someone who isn’t Millwall though. This match is also previewed in our latest podcast, available below.
Millwall have only lost two of their last 16 league matches after a considerable improvement under new manager Gary Rowett.
BLADESMEN— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) January 25, 2020
We're into the next round pic.twitter.com/gLtwQd5hRO
Millwall’s have switched between a 3-4-3 with wing-backs and a 4-4-2 over the last few weeks so it is unclear whether Leeds will be in a 3-3-1-3 or a 4-1-4-1, but with Kalvin Phillips’ suspension Leeds could end up 3-3-1-3 regardless.
Leeds defensive struggles against set-pieces will be threatened once again thanks to Millwall’s height, particularly defender Jake Cooper and former Leeds striker Matt Smith who tower over Leeds’ entire squad. The recent addition of Ryan Woods on loan from Stoke City adds quality to their midfield and out wide Jed Wallace is one of the form players in the league this season.
There have been some additions at Leeds since the last match but none are likely to start against Millwall.
Kalvin Phillips is suspended for three matches following his red card against QPR and Marcelo Bielsa stated in his press conference that Ben White will move forward into the CDM role. He did this against Huddersfield Town in a 2-0 win, but played very deep so Leeds basically ended up in a 3-3-1-3 for most of the match.
Kalvin Phillips suspended tomorrow. Bielsa confirms that Ben White will replace him in the central defensive mid role against Millwall. That will be the only change. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 27, 2020
I would expect that Leeds will play Gaetano Berardi at centre-back as a replacement. The former Switzerland international was sent off in the away fixture but it was overturned as it was an incredibly obvious dive from striker Tom Bradshaw. It is also possible Leeds could move Luke Ayling to centre-back and play Stuart Dallas and Barry Douglas/Ezgjan Alioski as the full/wing backs.
Bielsa says the break between games has been useful for working with White in a midfield role. Has also allowed Shackleton and Roberts to get fit again. They're available. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 27, 2020
Leeds have a few more options following the 10 day break, with Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts both returning to fitness, although neither are likely to start. New signing Ian Poveda is also available and is likely to be on the bench following his move from Manchester City.
New signing Jean-Kevin Augustin, on loan from RB Leipzig, is available as his move was completed in time - but Marcelo Bielsa has said he is unlikely to be involved on Tuesday, Wales striker Tyler Roberts will probably be the striker option off the bench.
✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin on an initial loan deal from Red Bull Leipzig— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 27, 2020
Leeds (4-1-4-1) - Casilla; Ayling, Berardi, Cooper, Dallas; White; Costa, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison; Bamford.
Millwall (3-4-3) - Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper; Romeo, Woods, Molumby, M.Wallace; J.Wallace, Bradshaw, O’Brien
Leeds need a performance but more importantly Leeds need a win. A Leeds United player has not scored since Stuart Dallas scored Leeds’ fourth goal against Birmingham City. The signing of Augustin increases the pressure on Patrick Bamford so hopefully he can get a goal and get some confidence back.
I would love to be more confident, but I am going for a 1-1 draw.
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