Leeds United head into a huge Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday evening expected to be unchanged from their midweek win at Preston North End.

The Whites regained control of their own destiny in this thrilling Championship promotion race when they picked up maximum points at Deepdale on Tuesday evening, before sitting back and watching rivals Sheffield United fail to beat Birmingham City, to leave them in second place in the table.

There have been many twists and turns in the battle to return to the Premier League in recent weeks, but Leeds now know that if they win their last five matches of the season, it will be them back in with the big boys next term.

That run can begin when they host Steve Bruce and his Sheffield Wednesday side, in one of the trickier games that remain for Marcelo Bielsa and his Whites’ outfit.

Despite playing in midweek, the Leeds boss has confirmed that he does not expect to make any changes for the visit of the Owls, resisting the temptation to rotate one or two, and attempt to keep everyone fresh for the run in.

“We are going to play with the same players, I don’t imagine any changes at the moment,” The Whites official website quote him as saying.

That would mean another chance for Leeds forward Patrick Bamford to continue to prove his worth in the absence of the injured Kemar Roofe.

The former Crystal Palace and Chelsea ace was criticised after the defeat at Birmingham last weekend, but rebounded with both goals at Deepdale on Tuesday evening.

Leeds will be looking for their first win in four outings against the Owls, after Wednesday did the double over the Elland Road outfit last term, with the two sides drawing 1-1 at Hillsborough earlier in this campaign.


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