Leeds United host Queens Park Rangers on Sunday in Gameweek 46 as they aim to end their torrid season on a high. So far this season, Elland Road has been far from what one would label as a fortress. Heckingbottom’s side haven’t enjoyed home comforts, picking up just 33 points from their 22 home games.
On the other hand, QPR have the third worst away record, which is something to cheer about for the Peacocks. If the reverse fixture is discounted, they have been unbeaten in the previous six against the Whites. In contrast, Ian Holloway has been on the wrong side of the result in six out of eight managerial travels to Elland Road. The Hoops could see themselves frog-jump Leeds if they manage to take all three points.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell will form the last line of defence. The keeper has brought about some respite and reliability between the sticks.
Heckingbottom is expected to plot the same back four that conceded a couple of goals against Norwich City last time out. The centre-half duo will consist of the ever so consistent Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper. Matthew Pennington will occupy the right side of the defence whereas Tom Pearce should play as left back.
After having conceded three against Preston, they have been a bit more disciplined. In the last three fixtures, Jansson and co. have given away four goals. However, their last league clean sheet came on the 24th of February, against Brentford.
Defender Luke Ayling has trained with the full squad and could return to the Matchday squad, following a long term ankle setback.
Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips will man the defensive midfield area. Both of them hold deeper positions and aid the defence. Phillips for the breakthrough in the previous outing and will be riding on confidence at the moment.
As Pablo Hernandez is out waiting for his second child, Alioski can replace his left wing position due to lack of appropriate options. Samuel Saiz will field the number 10 position, in behind the striker. Jay-Roy Jornell Grot should play at his natural right wing position and make the darting runs down the flank.
Kemar Roofe will spearhead the attack for Leeds. He has gone goalless in three games now and will be looking to change that.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell; Matthew Pennington, Pontus Janssen, Liam Cooper, Tom Pearce; Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira; Jay-Roy Jornell Grot, Samuel Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski; Kemar Roofe.