Last roll of the dice: Evans's predicted XI for Preston trip

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We predict lineups for Leeds United's final-day trip to Preston North End on Saturday.

To be played on Saturday 7th May 2016 at 12:30. Venue: Deepdale, Preston

Odds: Preston 1/1, Draw 23/10, Leeds 11/4

With Steve Evans's still waiting to hear if he'll be offered a contract extension at Leeds United, his future may just hinge on what happens at Preston North End on Saturday.

The 53-year-old, who replaced Uwe Rosler in October, has comfortably achieved his remit of steering the Whites away from the relegation zone, with United sitting 12th ahead of the final Championship weekend of the season.

But the Scot is still yet to hear whether he has done enough in the demanding eyes of owner Massimo Cellino to earn a full season in charge of the club, meaning the result at Deepdale might well influence the Italian's decision.

As much as Leeds fans may like to see him name an experimental XI, with one eye on seeing how youngsters may impress next term, the truth is that he simply does not have that luxury. Given they're almost certain to finish 12th or lower, it's a meaningless game for the club, not for the manager, whose job is on the line.

Consequently, Evans will certainly name his strongest team available and the former Rotherham United boss said in his pre-match press conference that he had already decided nine of Saturday's first XI.

In early team news, Souleymane Doukara will travel with the squad but is unlikely to start, having only returned from an eight-match ban for allegedly biting Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta.

Giuseppe Belluschi missed training on Thursday as Lewie Coyle looks set to continue at right-back, while Lee Erwin may come back into the side after Jordan Botaka endured a mixed showing in the 2-1 defeat by Charlton Athletic last time out.

Elsewhere, a hamstring injury has ruled Mustapha Carayol out of the last game of the season as a return to parent club Middlesbrough looks likely.

For the Lilywhites, Leeds old boy Jermaine Beckford will likely start against his former club, having scored last week, but Joe Garner may drop out for Eoin Doyle.

Preston predicted lineup

  • Chris Kirkland
  • Paul Huntington
  • Marnick Vermijl
  • Calum Woods
  • Bailey Wright
  • Alan Browne
  • Paul Gallagher
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Adam Reach
  • Jermaine Beckford
  • Eoin Doyle

Leeds predicted lineup

  • Marco Silvestri
  • Charlie Taylor
  • Liam Cooper
  • Lewie Coyle
  • Sol Bamba
  • Liam Bridcutt
  • Lewis Cook
  • Stuart Dallas
  • Luke Murphy
  • Lee Erwin
  • Chris Wood
 

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