With two big games coming up we may well be looking at the first chance for Thomas Christiansen to really use the depth of his squad in the league. He may well want to make just one or two changes but what is certain is that these two games are the toughest so far on paper. Two away trips with two very different challenges await and the players will need to show their desire and grit as well as their quality.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – I have seen some fans asking for Andy Lonergan to be picked ahead of Wiedwald. The German keeper brings so much to the side with communication and his ability on the ball. We need to realise why Thomas Christiansen wanted the sweeper keeper at the club. He did make a mistake on Saturday, since when did one mistake become a crisis?
RB – Luke Ayling – I think the back four will be crucial tomorrow night. The balls will come into the box from all angles and Ayling will be so important. Cardiff play with quick wingers and the full-backs are in for a tough night. Getting forward and pushing the Cardiff wingers back will help us on the front foot.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Jansson was rested for the game on Saturday against Ipswich Town so he could be fit for the game tomorrow night. As I have said above we will need to be solid in the air and up for the battle, who better to be wearing the white shirt in that situation?
CB – Liam Cooper – Cooper is fresh off the news that he will be involved in one of the most important spells in recent Scottish football history, the national side not a million miles off Russia next summer and Cooper called up by Strachan. He will need to be the leader he has shown us he is tomorrow night.
LB – Gaetano Berardi – I think it’s time to give Anita a few games on the bench. personally I think he has been a weak link the last few weeks and down his side has been where most of the issues have come from. Berardi looks fit and hungry to get back in the side and his blood and thunder attitude will be key in such a big game.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – I can’t see any need to change the midfielders unless they are looking tired. O’Kane did very good work off the ball on Saturday but I thought at times he rushed his passing. His ability to turn defence into attack is one of the key things for me tomorrow night.
CM – Kalvin Phillips – Phillips will need to do both of his best attributes tomorrow. Getting forward and breaking into the box to support what could be an isolated Lasogga at times and putting his full body into tackles will help us gain control of the match.
RW – Stuart Dallas – I think work rate will be needed from the right hand side with Mendez-Laing playing off the left for Cardiff City and Alioski may be best used as an impact sub later in the game. Dallas has certainly earned himself the chance to be starting games at the moment and he has the quality to get a goal in the big games too. Surely it’s a matter of time before he starts a league game.
CAM – Samu Saiz – Keeping his composure and picking the right passes tomorrow on the break will be vital. With counter attacks the perfect way to hit Cardiff we need to make sure we are lethal going forward and if Saiz is on his game we are more than capable of getting goals.
LW – Ezgjan Alioski – I would start Pablo Hernandez on Sunday at Sheffield Wednesday for sure, I thought he was much better on Saturday and he could be crucial at Hillsborough. We need outlets tomorrow and that combined with hard work is exactly what you get with Alioski. Needs to make his final balls count.
ST – Pierre-Michel Lasogga – the German striker is winning over Leeds fans by the day, even ones who haven’t seen him play yet. His ability in front of goal isn’t in question and getting him the chances is what will be crucial tomorrow. His daughter was born on Friday and he didn’t even tell anyone, just played on Saturday and went home to Germany after the game.