Leeds United vs Preston North End squad news & preview

Marcelo Bielsa has his side perched at the top of the Championship standings, with the Whites boasting the only unbeaten record in the division
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Championship leaders Leeds United will put their unbeaten record on the line when they welcome Preston North End to Elland Road on Tuesday.

The Whites entered the 2018-19 campaign as something of an unknown quantity after handing their managerial reins to the unpredictable Marcelo Bielsa.

That appointment appears to have been a masterstroke, with the enigmatic Argentine having quickly implemented an attractive brand of football which has a sleeping giant daring to dream once more.

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There is, however, still a long way to go in what will be a testing promotion bid, with Preston set to make their way to West Yorkshire in midweek seeking to kick-start their season by securing a notable scalp.

The game can be watched live on television in the United Kingdom (UK) on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed live online

Bielsa has several injury issues to contend with, especially up front where Patrick Bamford has damaged knee ligaments and Kemar Roofe is nursing a calf complaint.

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Gaetano Berardi is another suffering with knee problems, Jamie Shackleton has an ankle ailment, Pablo Hernandez has a hamstring issue, Eunan O’Kane a broken leg and loan star Izzy Brown is not yet ready to make his debut.

Potential Leeds XI: Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Douglas; Phillips; Harrison, Forshaw, Saiz, Alioski; Roberts.

Leeds are strong favourites to win, with bet365 pricing them at 10/11 to secure all three points. Preston’s chances of victory are rated at 7/2 and a draw is available at 13/5

While Leeds are yet to come unstuck in the Championship this season, they have gone three games without a win in all competitions.

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A late leveller was required to salvage a point at Millwall last time out, while Middlesbrough held Bielsa’s side to a goalless draw before the international break.

Prior to that, Preston paid a visit to Elland Road in the Carabao Cup and left with a 2-0 triumph.

Leeds fielded a much-changed side for that contest and will be confident of faring considerably better when reunited with the Lilywhites on Tuesday.

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Alex Neil’s side have endured a difficult start to their 2018-19 campaign, collecting just five points to date.

Their solitary success came on the opening weekend against Queens Park Rangers, with four defeats suffered in their last six to sit second-from-bottom in the table.

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