Leeds United v Birmingham City

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk

Garry Monk won his first game as Leeds head coach against Fleetwood in the EFL Cup on Wednesday

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Leeds are likely to start Luke Ayling at right-back after he joined from Bristol City on Thursday.

Ayling will replace Gaetano Berardi, who suffered a hamstring injury in Leeds’ 3-0 defeat by QPR in their first game under new head coach Garry Monk.

Che Adams could make his Birmingham City debut after he joined from Sheffield United for a £1.5m fee.

Tomasz Kuszczak, Clayton Donaldson and Diego Fabbrini are likely to play after missing the EFL Cup loss to Oxford.


BBC Radio Leeds commentator Adam Pope:

“United head coach Garry Monk says he will have no hesitation giving a debut to right-back Luke Ayling after he signed on a three-year deal from Bristol City on Thursday.

“Defender Gaetano Berardi remains out with a hamstring injury whilst goalkeeper Marco Silvestri is sidelined with a knee problem.

“United could give home senior debuts to as many as 10 players tomorrow, including Pablo Hernandez. The Spaniard, on loan from Al-Arabi, is the marquee signing of the summer and was the man of the match in the midweek EFL Cup victory at Fleetwood Town.”

Match facts

  • Leeds have lost only one of their last six league meetings with Birmingham, winning three (D2) including the most recent one 2-1 away at Birmingham in April 2016.
  • The Blues have lost only one of their last six away trips to Elland Road in all competitions (W3 D2), though it was a 4-0 drubbing in October 2013.
  • Since a December 1987 meeting, Leeds’ 10 home league meetings with Birmingham have seen a different manager in the home dugout (Billy Bremner, Howard Wilkinson, Terry Venables, Peter Reid, John Carver, Simon Grayson, Neil Warnock, Brian McDermott, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler).
  • Birmingham are winless in their last seven league games (D5 L2), keeping a clean sheet just once in that time.
  • Leeds were the only team in the Football League who failed to register a shot on target in their opening game of the 2016-17 campaign.

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