Leeds predicted lineup vs Millwall: Pontus Jansson starts

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half

Leeds United will be hoping to move back into the automatic-promotion spots in the Championship on Saturday.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half

It may have been a strange international break for Leeds, who had to reflect on the fact that they performed extremely well against Sheffield United last time out but were on the end of a result which knocked the Whites out of the automatic-promotion spots in the Championship.

Marcelo Bielsa's men did everything except score against the Blades. But the result against Chris Wilder's side was almost overshadowed by the events during the final moments of the game as Pontus Jansson suffered an injury and Kiko Casilla was sent off in stoppage-time.

 

Casilla will serve a one-match ban against Millwall this Saturday, so Bailey Peacock-Farrell should get the chance to build on his good form for Northern Ireland by returning to the starting lineup. 

Like Peacock-Farrell starting, another safe bet appeared to be that Jansson would not feature against Millwall. The Swede landed awkwardly on his knee last time out, and had to be sent up front as he struggled to run. He was also the man put in goal once Casilla had been dismissed.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 2-2, with Luke Ayling

Leeds announced on their official website shortly after the game that the centre-back was likely to miss three weeks - ruling him out of Saturday's clash as well as next weekend's trip to Birmingham.

However, the Yorkshire Evening Post has more recently reported that he could be back in time for Millwall's visit in what would be a huge boost for Bielsa's side. 

Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi during the pre-match warm-up during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

It remains to be seen whether Jansson is deemed to be fit enough to keep his place in the side. Gaetano Berardi's return to fitness may tempt Bielsa to not gamble when there is still a lot of time left in the campaign. But given the opposition's height, Jansson must have a good chance of playing.

There is also the option to drop Kalvin Phillips back into defence with Adam Forshaw perhaps coming into midfield. But that would be a surprise at this stage with Forshaw also only just returning to contention after several weeks on the sidelines. 

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

Leeds predicted lineup vs Millwall

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