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Marcelo Bielsa reveals how Leeds will set up against Sheffield Wednesday

Marcelo Bielsa reveals how Leeds will set up against Sheffield Wednesday

When winning automatic promotion comes down to the wire as it has done for Leeds United this season, facing one of your rivals can be a really daunting prospect. A rejuvenated Sheffield Wednesday visit Elland Road in Saturday’s evening kickoff as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to keep their place in the top two.

As is the case before every game, the manager has been speaking to the press about the upcoming encounter and has revealed his plans for the match and how he will approach the fixture.

What’s the News?

Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via Leeds Live), Bielsa has revealed that he does not expect to change things for the game against Sheffield Wednesday, meaning Gaetano Berardi is set for a role on the substitutes bench.

Asked ‘Are you considering three at the back, or maybe using Gaetano Berardi?’, he replied: “We are going to play with the same players. I don’t imagine any changes at the moment.”

The Verdict:

Yorkshire derbies are never easy affairs, however, with Sheffield Wednesday on the rise and the possibility of a place in the automatic promotion spot up for grabs, the atmosphere at Elland Road is going to be extremely tense and one full of anxiety.

With the way that the Owls play, it would not have been a surprise if Bielsa had decided to play Berardi at the back and change things from their midweek win against Preston North End.

With the Swiss defender back fully fit, he would be an excellent option for the Argentine to call upon, however, it appears he has plenty of faith in the same side that he had play from the beginning at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

A win could do wonders for their automatic promotion aspirations, and having an experienced defender like Berardi back available will be a welcome boost, however, it looks as though the Whites will look to do it without him in the starting XI on Saturday night.

Leeds fans, would you have preferred Biesla to play Berardi on Saturday? Or do you think keeping the same side that faced Preston on Tuesday is the right decision? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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