Leeds v Ipswich preview: United trio in line for return
Last Updated: 22/09/17 3:38pm
Leeds trio Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Matthew Pennington are all expected to return to contention for the home game against Ipswich.
Skipper Cooper (back) has been sidelined for two games, Jansson missed the midweek Carabao Cup win at Burnley with a hamstring strain and fellow defender Pennington (ankle) has been out since the opening-day win at Bolton.
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Head coach Thomas Christiansen made wholesale changes at Turf Moor so the likes of goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, midfielders Eunan O'Kane and Samuel Saiz, plus striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga should all return to the starting XI. Forward Caleb Ekuban, recovering from foot surgery, is the only absentee as Leeds bid to stay top of the table.
Ipswich will be without midfielder Flynn Downes because of a thigh problem. Danish defender Jonas Knudsen should be available again having missed last weekend's win over Bolton.
Midfielder Luke Hyam has been carrying a troublesome knee problem, while defender Adam Webster is stepping up his recovery from an ankle injury. Emyr Huws (Achilles), Teddy Bishop (hernia) and Tommy Smith (hamstring) continue their rehabilitation. Midfielder Andre Dozzell (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Leeds have lost one of their last eight home league games against Ipswich (W4 D3).
Ipswich have kept one clean sheet in their last eight league games against Leeds, a 1-0 win at Elland Road in the 2015/16 season.
Leeds have had eight different scorers in the Championship this season, more than any other side - though one of those players has since left the club (Chris Wood).
Ipswich have won five of their opening seven league matches in a season for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign - they went on to finish third that season, losing in the play-offs.
The Whites have kept a clean sheet in their opening four home league matches of a season for the first time since 2001/02 - they've never kept a clean sheet in their first five. Indeed, the only two goals they've conceded at Elland Road this season have been against League Two opposition in the League Cup (one each against Port Vale and Newport County).
Ipswich have gone behind in all three of their away league matches so far this season and recovered six points (W2 D0 L1), three more than any other side.
In a strange way Leeds losing last week may not have been too bad for them in the long run. I fancied them to win at Millwall but a defeat may have taken the pressure off a little bit.
They made a lot of changes in the week against Burnley but still got a good result so there won't be an end to the feel-good factor at Elland Road, and they'll have too much for Ipswich on Saturday.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
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