By Dave Woods

21st Oct, 2019 | 12:55pm

Bielsa confirms starting XI for Leeds v Preston clash

A 1-0 win for Leeds against Birmingham at Elland Road on Saturday was far from convincing. 

It opened up the debate again about which striker should start on Tuesday against Preston, and highlighted the need for a number 10 – either Pablo Hernandez, if fit, or Tyler Roberts.

However, manager Marcelo Bielsa is intent on ploughing his own furrow and announced that the starting XI would be unchanged against Preston.

Bielsa was speaking in his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon (live in the official LUFC app) when he confirmed the team news.

This is partly enforced as he revealed that Hernandez wasn’t fit and worryingly said it was a new injury – this time a hamstring problem that could conceivably keep him out for a while.

However, he has chosen to keep faith in Patrick Bamford, keeping Eddie Nketiah on the bench, along with Roberts who put in a sharp shift when he came on on Saturday.

Bielsa said Bamford and Nketiah put in fairly similar performances but said it was hard to judge the latter as the team performance was down while he was on in the second half of the game.

Leeds have had less trouble scoring away from home – 11 of the 16 goals in the league have come on their travels.

But Preston are no pushover. They’re currently sixth in the table and a home win would see them leapfrogging Leeds and start to put pressure on a very stubborn Bielsa.

In other Leeds news, Super Fans: Match report from Elland Road as Leeds beat Birmingham 1-0