By Daniel Feliciano

24th Oct, 2023 | 6:10pm

Daniel James, Archie Gray and Sam Byram to be axed - Leeds United predicted XI v Stoke City

Daniel Farke could be set to make a few changes to his Leeds starting lineup for their Championship clash against Stoke on Wednesday night.

The Whites came from 2-0 down to claim all three points against Norwich at the weekend and now face another tough clash on the road against the Potters, before a Saturday lunchtime clash with Huddersfield.

That could see the boss look to rotate his side a little to ensure fresh legs following the international break, and with some injured players returning to contention it could be the perfect time to come in.

Illan Meslier is the man who will get the nod between the sticks as he continues to find himself being the number one having rebuilt his confidence after last season.

Archie Gray got the nod at right-back once again at the weekend but after struggling and being forced to be rested from training beforehand, it could be the perfect time for Luke Ayling to come back into the starting lineup.

Joe Rodon and Pascal Struijk remain the first-choice starting central defenders ahead of Liam Cooper and Charlie Cresswell and should start again, while the boss could opt to bring Jamie Shackleton back into the side at left-back ahead of Sam Byram in the midst of three games in a week.

Ethan Ampadu has so far played every game and every minute this season but the chances of him dropping out of contention seem slim, meaning Ilia Gruev is likely to be made to wait for his first start once again. Glen Kamara should continue alongside the Wales international again, with Gray expected to be rested.

In attack Crysencio Summerville was the game-saver at the weekend with two goals and will undoubtedly ride that wave of momentum into this game, but he could be moved over to the right wing.

Daniel James has been in great form but Wilfried Gnonto returned from injury and picked up an assist against Norwich so he could come into his preferred left-wing spot ahead of the Wales attacker.

Patrick Bamford is fit and available but he faces a tough task to displace the first-choice strike partnership of Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe so is likely to continue on the bench behind the duo.

In other Leeds news, trio ruled out of Whites clash v Stoke as defender returns to fitness.