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Leeds v Preston preview

11 August 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 11/08/17 12:40pm

Leeds defender Pontus Jansson is back in contention for the home game against Preston after serving his suspension.

Jansson missed Leeds’ opening two fixtures due to a two-game ban carried over from last season, but could feature as fellow defenders Neil Pennington and Gaetano Berardi are out.

Leeds are still waiting to learn the full extent of the injuries sustained by Pennington (ankle) and Berardi (shoulder) in last week’s win at Bolton. Samu Saiz is pushing for his first start after firing a hat-trick on his debut in the midweek Carabao Cup win against Port Vale, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could make his first league appearance for the club.

Josh Harrop could be in the Preston squad for the first time. The summer signing from Manchester United has had to wait for his debut due to a calf injury sustained in pre-season but is closing in on a return.

Captain Tom Clarke (Achilles) remains out and Alex Neil has a decision to make over who to start up front following Jordan Hugill’s midweek brace in the Carabao Cup. Sean Maguire will be among those hoping to come back into the team, along with the likes of Ben Pearson and Tommy Spurr after Neil shuffled his pack in midweek.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Bolton and Leeds.

Opta stats

Leeds have won four of their last five league games against Preston (D1), including both matches last season; they’ve never won three successive league contests against Preston.

The Lilywhites have only won on one of their last eight league visits to Elland Road (D2 L5), coming from 4-1 down to beat Leeds in a 6-4 thriller in September 2010.

Kalvin Phillips (2) scored as many league goals versus Bolton last Sunday as he had in his previous 45 league apps for Leeds United.

Preston, who won on opening weekend versus Sheffield Wednesday, haven’t won their opening two league games of a league season since 2008-09.

Highlights of Preston’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Prutton’s prediction

Leeds have had a great week so far! They were impressive against Bolton on Sunday and had another good win in the Carabao Cup. Defensively they’ve got a few things to address but the hat-trick from the new boy Samu Saiz suggests that some of the pressure may be lifted from Chris Wood’s shoulders this season, which can only be a good thing for them.

Preston got a good win in their first game under Alex Neil at the weekend, but were upset by Accrington in midweek, and that won’t do their rhythm any good despite the fact they made changes. Home win for me.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 ()

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