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Leeds set to start £55m duo in star-studded team to face Accrington Stanley

This Saturday, Leeds United play in the FA Cup 4th round for the first time since they were dumped out by non-league Sutton 6 seasons ago. 

On paper, Leeds are the favourites. However, given the whites’ FA cup history, it’s never that easy.  

Jesse Marsch should be able to make changes and field a weakened team, giving his main players a rest ahead of a big game away to Nottingham Forest next weekend. Although don’t be surprised if he fields a relatively strong side to avoid the embarrassment of failing to beat a side currently embroiled in a 3rd tier relegation fight. 

Here’s who I’d start against Accrington Stanley 

GK – Joel Robles 

It’s pretty obvious that Robles is our nailed-on cup goalkeeper, and he’s been a nice pair of hands when we’ve needed him, so it’s safe to give him a start. 

RB – Rasmus Kristensen 

With Luke Ayling putting in solid performances in recent Premier League games, the Dane may get the nod in a way to gain a bit of confidence and a route back into the side. 

CB – Robin Koch 

With Koch suspended for the game against Forest, it’d make sense to play him in this game and keep him sharp for the doubleheader against Manchester United. 

CB – Diego Llorente 

I wouldn’t risk Wober here in a game where a back pairing of Koch and Llorente should be able to suffice. Important to get Llorente some confidence as it’s likely he’ll be starting against Forest. 

LB – Junior Firpo 

Similar to Llorente, Firpo should be looking at Koch’s suspension as a way back into some Premier League football, so it’s a chance to impress ahead of next week. 

CM – Tyler Adams 

Expect Adams to play a similar role as he did in the replay against Cardiff. If the lead’s comfortable at the half, he’ll most likely be subbed off. 

CM – Darko Gyabi 

Gyabi impressed in Wales against Cardiff so I feel he should start again here against a side he should dominate. 

CAM – Brenden Aaronson 

Any way to get the American’s confidence back that we saw in the opening stages of the season is appreciated, and there’s no better way than playing a team 50 places below Leeds in the football pyramid. 

CAM – Sam Greenwood 

A few days after turning 21, expect Greenwood to start (hopefully in a more attacking role) this Saturday hoping to mark his birthday with a goal or two. 

CAM – Luis Sinisterra 

Leeds’ £20 million Raphinha replacement has struggled with injury but came off of the bench to make an impact against Brentford. Expect him to start on his road to full recovery. 

ST – Georginio Rutter 

Leeds’ record £35 million signing didn’t make it off the bench against Brentford last weekend but will definitely feature in the 4th round. Rutter and Bamford will most likely get a half each, so it is a toss-up, but I reckon the Frenchman gets the nod to start. 

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