Parkinson drops hint about his tactics for Bolton's Leeds United clash

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Bolton,...

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United are set to host Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson looks on from the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Bolton Wanderers at The New York Stadium on October...

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson is desperate to bounce back from last week’s 4-0 thrashing at home to Norwich by getting a result against another title-chasing side, Leeds United.

The cash-strapped Trotters are sitting second from bottom in the Championship, three points adrift of safety, and face a daunting task on Saturday as they prepare to travel to Elland Road tomorrow afternoon.

Despite winning just three of their last nine Championship games, Leeds are still third in the table and have played a game less than title rivals Norwich and Sheffield United.

 

And, in quotes reported by Leeds Live, Parkinson has indicated that he could attack Marcelo Bielsa’s side head on by putting his faith in an old-school, two-striker partnership. The system certainly worked in the 1-0 win against Birmingham a fortnight ago, Bolton’s only win in their last nine games.

“I will look at that decision before we play Leeds United,” said the former Charlton Athletic boss.

Phil Parkinson of Bolton Wanderers looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Bristol City at Macron Stadium on February 2, 2018 in Bolton, England.

“But with two up top against Birmingham we looked a threat and we caused them problems.

“When you do that you lose a body elsewhere and it means other players have got to do more and can be dragged out of position more.”

Leeds Live point out that Bielsa has often adopted a back three when coming up against two centre-forwards but the veteran Argentine has already announced his starting XI well before the game, in customary fashion.

Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper are set to start but Kalvin Phillips is capable of dropping into the defence if required.

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at Riverside...

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