Leeds predicted lineup vs Ipswich: De Bock makes debut as Ayling and Saiz miss out

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (L) vies against Club Brugge's Belgian defender Laurens De Bock during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Leicester...

Leeds United will be hoping to bounce back from FA Cup embarrassment when they return to Championship action this weekend.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Leeds return to Championship action this weekend when they travel to Ipswich looking to put their FA Cup humiliation behind them following their third round exit at the hands of Newport County.

Though the defeat was not quite in the same class of embarrassment as the loss to Sutton, Thomas Christiansen now faces a big task picking his squad up after the visit to the League Two side last Sunday.

Dejected Leeds player Liam Cooper reacts after The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

A victory away against a team on the very periphery of the play-off picture would certainly help. The Tractor Boys are 12th, seven points off the top six, so they will know how crucial a victory against the Whites would be.

What will help Ipswich's chances is the ban that Samuel Saiz will be starting this weekend following his dismissal against Newport and the injury to Luke Ayling that has ruled the right-back out for the rest of the season.

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (L) vies against Club Brugge's Belgian defender Laurens De Bock during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Leicester...

Ayling's injury may perhaps mean a debut for January signing Laurens De Bock, with the Belgian moving out to the left and Gaetano Berardi moving back to his preferred position at right-back.

Saiz's absence may perhaps leave the path clear for Pablo Hernandez to get another chance playing through the middle. The Spaniard was excellent there recently, so perhaps he will get another go with Pawel Cibicki and Gjanni Alioski playing on the wings.

Ronaldo Vieira may come back into the middle of the park if he is fit following his recent spell on the sidelines with injury, but with Ayling's injury clearly significantly more serious than it initially appeared, it may not be a surprise if Christiansen is cautious with the midfielder and instead picks Eunan O'Kane and Kalvin Phillips.

With that in mind, here is a look at the predicted lineup in full...

Leeds predicted lineup vs Ipswich

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch