Leeds predicted lineup vs Sutton: Monk to make seven changes?

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match

Leeds United will be hoping to avoid an upset when they face Sutton United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

To be played on Sunday 29th January 2017 at 14:00. Venue: Borough Sports Ground,

Odds: Sutton 9/2, Draw 11/4, Leeds 4/7

Garry Monk may want to see his Leeds side carry on the momentum they generated by winning in midweek by beating Sutton United in the FA Cup, but it seems more than likely that he will make a number of changes for Sunday's tie. 

The Whites are coming up against one of the two remaining non-league sides still in the competition. And while the difficulties League Two side Cambridge United gave them in the previous round should prevent any complacency, it would not be a surprise to see a couple of the fringe players given a chance.

The likes of Marco Silvestri and Marcus Antonsson have relied on the cup competitions this term to get a good number of minutes under their belt. And while a game against a lower league team can be a no-win situation for the players involved, they will both be looking to impress their manager with a hugely important few months ahead.

Leeds' Liam Cooper is substituted after sustaining an injury as Leeds United manager Garry Monk looks onLeeds' Liam Cooper is substituted after sustaining an injury against Cambridge

Meanwhile, Monk will surely be considering whether to field the previously injured pair of Liam Cooper and Hadi Sacko.

With Kyle Bartley edging closer to a suspension - he has eight yellow cards this term - it would certainly make sense for Cooper to come back in if fit, but the decision over Sacko may be slightly more difficult.

Given that the game will be played on an artificial surface, and that Roofe and Doukara have excelled lately - the latter, of course, scoring a goal of the season contender against Nottingham Forest this week - Monk may decide to keep Sacko on the bench initially, ready to bring him on if an impact player is needed if things do not go to plan.

Leeds' Hadi Sacko in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

Another player who may well come on at some stage is Mallik Wilks. The youngster bravely decided he wanted to remain in the squad for the game following his brother's tragic death (via Yorkshire Evening Post), but with Doukara, Roofe and Pablo Hernandez potentially playing off Antonsson, he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

What is noticeable about the Leeds side however, is that in previous years, making seven changes would have seen the team significantly weakened. However, there is a depth in Monk's squad that allows him to field a strong team even without the likes of Bartley, Liam Bridcutt and Chris Wood. 

Sutton predicted lineup

  • Ross Worner
  • Kevin Amankwaah
  • Jamie Collins
  • Ben Jefford
  • Dan Spence
  • Nicky Bailey
  • Roarie Deacon
  • Craig Eastmond
  • Bedsenté Gomis
  • Maxime Biamou
  • Matt Tubbs

Leeds predicted lineup

  • Marco Silvestri
  • Gaetano Berardi
  • Liam Cooper
  • Lewie Coyle
  • Pontus Jansson
  • Pablo Hernández
  • Kalvin Phillips
  • Ronaldo Vieira
  • Marcus Antonsson
  • Souleymane Doukara
  • Kemar Roofe

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