Match Preview: Fleetwood Town v Leeds United


After an opening weekend to forget following a 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers, Garry Monk will look to overcome League 1 side Fleetwood Town in the newly-named EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

Leeds will aim to bounce back against former boss Uwe Rosler. His Fleetwood side started the campaign with a 1-1 draw away at League 1 new boys Northampton Town.

Monk is expected to name a strong side which could include a debut for Spanish attacker Pablo Hernandez who joined Leeds last week from Al-Arabi from the Qatar Stars League.

Charlie Taylor, who spent a season on loan at Fleetwood during the 2013/14 campaign, will return to the Highbury Stadium with mass speculation regarding his future at Elland Road on his shoulders after the club rejected his transfer request last week.

Taylor was instrumental in Fleetwood’s promotion to League One via the play-offs and earned himself a chance to prove himself at Leeds United. Taylor has since gone on to make over 70 appearances for Leeds and earned The Fans Player of the Year award during the 2015/16 season.

Full-back Lewie Coyle is ready to step in for the injured Gaetano Berardi who is set for a scan on an injury he suffered against QPR on Sunday. The Swiss international was taken off in the first half.

Uwe Rosler, the current Fleetwood Town boss, spent a brief period of just 12 games as Leeds United boss before being subsequently sacked by Massimo Cellino. Rosler won only 2 games and was replaced by Steve Evans.

Rosler, in an interview with BBC Leeds’ Adam Pope admitted he had “no regrets” when talking about his spell as Leeds boss, before adding “the pressure is purely on Leeds United” in relation to the fixture on Wednesday night.

Ex-Leeds United goalkeeper Alex Cairns may feature for Fleetwood tomorrow night after joining the club on a free transfer from Rotherham United.

Leeds could also hand a start to Kalvin Phillips and Alex Mowatt who will be pushing for a first team place against Birmingham after a poor team performance against QPR.

Rob Green, who had a debut to forget against his former club, may also be replaced by Ross Turnbull or youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell who will be knocking on the door of the first team with the absence of Marco Silvestri who is suffering from an injury.

Marcus Antonsson and Hadi Sacko could also be in Garry Monk’s first team plans after coming on as substitutes on Sunday.

Leeds will aim to put the horror show on Sunday to bed with a convincing victory. Leeds were the only side in the Championship that failed to register a shot on target on the opening weekend.

The draw for the EFL cup starts at 10pm on Wednesday night, Garry Monk will have keen intentions to ensure Leeds United are part of it.