Leeds United take on Wigan Athletic, in a match which could be mistaken as a rugby league contest rather than a football one, at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Marcelo Bielsa all but confirming an unchanged side, according to a tweet on their official Twitter page.
💬 | Marcelo on the side that will face Wigan: "I cannot name the team before the game, as a supporter said I was giving away a lot to the opposition, but between you and me it's the same team." pic.twitter.com/wXkZFz1siM
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 15, 2019
The Whites boss has actually been criticised for giving his team line ups out in advance of matches by some supporters, but despite that he has given off a strong indication of his plans for the trip across the Pennines.
Bielsa made a number of changes for the Carabao Cup win over Salford City in midweek, with many wondering if any players had done enough to force their way into his thinking for the clash with the Latics, but it appears that despite the likes of Eddie Nketiah impressing, he has not made the final cut for the Wigan game.
The Whites will be looking to continue their undefeated record this term when they take on Paul Cook’s charges. The Yorkshire outfit began the campaign with a win over Bristol City, before a draw against Nottingham Forest kept the losses off their ledger.
This could be seen as a telling match for Leeds. Wigan have a strong record on their own patch, and if there was a weakness for the Elland Road side last term, it was that they occasionally slipped up in matches they were expected to win.
Indeed the Latics shocked the Whites back in April, when they beat the Yorkshiremen in their own back yard, a result which should act as a warning for Bielsa and his men, to focus their minds and ensure that a repeat does not take place.
If Leeds can come out on top at the DW Stadium, they will be handily placed in the Championship table, ahead of two more matches in the seven days that follow.