QPR v Leeds United: Whites unchanged for Rs clash as Marcelo Bielsa names strong bench

Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas returned to Leeds United’s squad but Marcelo Bielsa stuck with an unchanged line-up as the club looked to return to the top of the Championship with a victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 5:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 5:57 pm
Leeds United squad arrive at Loftus Road.

Berardi made his comeback at Loftus Road after more than three months out with a torn hamstring while fit-again Douglas was also named on the bench having lost his place at left-back to Gjanni Alioski.

Bielsa confirmed beforehand that he would field the same team who inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, trusting that side to deliver three points from a precious game in hand.

Leeds finished the weekend two points behind leaders Norwich City, who have played a match more, and travelled to face a QPR squad who have lost all of their last seven league fixtures.

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Rangers manager Steve McClaren made two changes as he tried to arrest the club’s woeful streak.

Influential midfielder Luke Freeman was recalled after recovering from a hip problem while Nahki Wells - the scorer of the opening goal during QPR’s 2-1 defeat at Elland Road in December - started up front.

QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Leistner, hall, Bidwell, Wszolek, Cousins, Luongo, Freeman, Eze, Wells. Subs: Ingram, Lynch, Scowen, Manning, Osayi-Samuel, Hemed, Smith.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Harrison, Klich, Roberts, Hernandez, Bamford. Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Douglas, Brown, Berardi, Shackleton, Gotts.

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)