Leeds United welcome Swansea City to Elland Road in a pivotal Championship encounter as Leeds aim to secure a vital win and maintain pressure on second-placed Ipswich Town.
After a mixed run of performances against Plymouth Argyle and Rotherham United, Leeds United, currently third in the standings, are eager to recover their form.
Despite some struggles, Leeds has managed six wins in their last eight Championship games but faces pressure to close the gap on the top two.
Swansea City, sitting in 17th place, had a promising run of four consecutive wins under Michael Duff but have since faced difficulties, securing just five points in their last six matches despite showing resilience against Hull City, salvaging a 2-2 draw after relinquishing a two-goal lead.
Leeds will be keen to capitalize on their home advantage at Elland Road to secure a win and narrow the gap with the top two teams, whereas Swansea aims to get back on track after a period of inconsistent results.
Leeds United: WLWWWD
Swansea City: LLWDLD
Leeds’ Georginio Rutter is expected to start despite an abdominal strain, while Wilfried Gnonto might feature on the right flank. Pascal Struijk might replace Liam Cooper, who sustained a minor hamstring injury.
Swansea could see Harry Darling replacing Harrison Ashby, who suffered an early injury in their last match. There might be minimal changes, with Liam Cullen returning from suspension.
Gray, Rodon, Struijk, Firpo;
Gnonto, Piroe, Summerville;
Darling, Cabango, Humphreys, Tymon;
Cooper, Paterson, Lowe;
Leeds, despite some recent inconsistencies, holds the upper hand with their offensive capabilities, especially at Elland Road.
Swansea, however, will aim to capitalize on Leeds’ vulnerability to get a positive result. Yet, Leeds’ firepower might secure them a hard-fought victory at home.
Our Prediction: Leeds United 2-1 Swansea City
Leeds’ superior attacking strength could make the difference in what promises to be a competitive encounter.