Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to continue their fantastic start of the season in the Carabao Cup

Leeds United take on fellow Championship side Preston North End at Elland Road in the second round of the Carabao Cup.  

In the league, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have got off to a flying start, currently sitting top of the table with 13 points under their belt. While Preston haven’t won a game since defeating Morecambe in the first round of the Carabao Cup, only picking up a point in their 2-2 draw with Stoke two weeks ago. 

The two sides last met in the league last season, which resulted in a 3-1 victory for Preston at the Deepdale Stadium, however Leeds are confident of another win after their impressive run in the league. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s fixture.

Game Leeds vs Preston
Date Tuesday, August 28
Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm EST

In the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on live TV. However, UK and Ireland fans can listen to the game’s coverage on LUTV. 

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Position Leeds players
Goalkeepers Peacock-Farrell, Blackman, Huffer
Defenders Douglas, Ayling, Forshaw, Cooper, Jansson, Pearce, Phillips, Berardi, Shaughnessy, Diaz, Struijk
Midfielders Dallas, Hernandez, Baker, Nicell, Klich, Shackleton, Rey, Harrison
Forwards Roofe, Alioski, Roberts, Saiz, Edmondson, Dalby, Bamford

Bielsa has made nine changes to his side to allow players to rest ahead of their league game against Middlesbrough on Friday. Midfielder Stuart Dallas returns from injury. 

Leeds United starting XI: Blackman, Pearce, Shaughnessy, Jansson, Shackleton, Baker, Phillips, Harrison, Dallas, Roberts, Bamford

Position Preston players
Goalkeepers Rudd, Crowe, Maxwell
Defenders Fisher, Earl, Clarke, Davies, Storey, Woods, Hughes, Boyle, Huntington, O’Connor, Stead, Vermijl
Midfielders Pearson, Browne, Johnson, Gallagher, Ledson, Baxter, O’Reilly, Pringle
Forwards Robinson, Moult, Harrop, Burke, Barker, Maguire, Howard, Simpson, Barkhuizen, Bodin, Nmecha

Midfielder Paul Gallagher is still suspended after his three-match ban. Captain Tom Clarke and midfielder Alan Browne are missing due to injuries. 

Preston North End potential starting XI: Maxwell, Fisher, Earl, Davies, Moult, Harrop, Johnson, Storey, Ledson, Barker, Barkhuizen

Leeds come into the game as firm favourites, Bet365 placing the home side at 19/20 for a win. A Preston win is priced at 16/5, while a draw is 27/10.

Leeds have already had a phenomenal start to the season, winning five out of six league and cup games and remaining unbeaten.

Meanwhile, Preston haven’t had quite the same success, only winning their opening game and currently sitting in the bottom half of the Championship with four points.

Preston manager Alex Neil has spoken about how well Leeds have done in the early season and that he expects them to be a tough team to play. 

“He’s highly regarded across the world and if you look at Leeds’ start he’s obviously had a big impact since he’s gone in,” said Neil at the pre-match press conference.

“It’s like anything else when a coach goes in there’s a change in style and they do get a reaction. I’ll be interested to see how it pans out over the season, but I saw Leeds live against Stoke and thought they were excellent.

“He’s done a good job and it will be a tough test for us.”

The cup tie between the two teams is the first of three games this season, with their next game taking place in four weeks’ time when Preston return to Elland Road to face Leeds in the league. 

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