Although the thought of leading a team out at Wembley has ‘never’ crossed Thomas Christiansen’s mind, his side will be a step closer to reaching it should their trip to Leicester City this Tuesday prove to be a successful one.
Despite three straight losses in the Championship, Leeds bounced back from their dogged form in empathic style after a comprehensive 3-0 away win against high-flying Bristol City.
This will have been a big boost for Thomas Christiansen who came under scrutiny following his side’s uninspiring performance against Reading, and he will be hoping his players can replicate the level of intensity from Saturday as well as the performance against Burnley from the previous round against the Foxes.
After admitting that both the Championship and the League Cup are both of equal importance, Christiansen will be hoping to continue United’s cup dream and reach the Quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Gaetano Berardi’s red card against Bristol City sees him miss tomorrow’s cup game, along with Sheffield United and Derby County.
Whether that will bring a change of formation remains to be seen, but Christiansen today confirmed that United’s backup left-back, loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, will be in the squad tomorrow and seems the most likely option to replace Berardi.
Pontus Jansson’s ‘tactical’ omission from the win in Bristol will more than certainly mean a start for the Swede against Leicester, with Conor Shaughnessy likely to partner him at the heart of defence depending on how much rotation Thomas Christiansen applies to the starting eleven.
Pawel Cibicki, Mateusz Klich, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez played no part in Saturday’s victory, and will be pushing for recalls ahead of their clash against the Foxes.
Jay-Roy Grot, Vurnon Anita and Hadi Sacko made cameo appearances against City, and will also be hoping to earn a starting role.
Caleb Ekuban is expected to miss out again after starting light training following a broken bone in his foot, and the unfortunate passing of Stuart Dallas’s mother means the Northern Irishman will also miss the game against the Premier League outfit.
Despite Craig Shakespeare’s shock sacking prior to Leicester’s Premier League fixture against Swansea City, Michael Appleton, Shakespeare’s assistant and ex-Oxford United boss, stood in and won the game 2-1.
Will Appleton ring the changes for the Whites visit… potentially, but their record at home against the Yorkshiremen has seen them win only once in the last eight years.
Five games between the sides at the King Power have seen both Leicester and Leeds win once, with the other three games ending in score draws.
Something of comfort for Leeds fans is that the Whites haven’t conceded more than two goals against the Foxes during their last five encounters at Leicester, so no matter the level of performance on Tuesday, history suggests a drubbing is out of the question for Thomas Christiansen’s players.