Leeds United's predicted lineup v Ipswich with left-back choice and attacker call as pair return

Leeds United face automatic promotion rivals Ipswich Town in a Saturday lunchtime showdown at Elland Road – and this is how we think the Whites will line up.

Whites boss Daniel Farke has named an unchanged XI for United’s last two games in which the Whites have picked up just one point via Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City which followed the midweek 1-0 reverse at Sunderland.

The one-point return has left Leeds ten points behind Saturday’s visitors Ipswich in the Championship’s second automatic promotion place and 13 points adrift of leaders Leicester City. The Whites are also now level on points with fourth-placed Southampton.

Farke still has three players out injured in Sam Byram (hamstring), Jamie Shackleton (glute) and longer term absentee Stuart Dallas (femoral fracture) – all of whom are full back options – but the Whites boss confirmed at Thursday’s pre-match press conference that two players were now back in the mix.

Left back Junior Firpo had returned to training last week upon his recovery from a hamstring injury but Saturday’s visit of Coventry arrived too soon for him to be involved. But Farke confirmed on Thursday that Firpo is now an option against Ipswich in addition to Ian Poveda who has now returned from international duty with Colombia, back “with a smile on his face” as he put it.

Victory against Ipswich would be a significant boost to third-placed United’s automatic promotion prospects and this is the XI that we think Farke will send out against the Tractor Boys.