A LOOK AT LEEDS UNITED: Will it be all-White on the derby night?

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack
Leeds United striker Ross McCormack
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A view on Rovers’ Friday night opponents, Leeds United.

LEEDS missed out on the play offs last term because they could not balance a lethal attacking force with defensive security.

And, so far this term, it seems Simon Grayson has not yet discovered the solution to that problem.

Grayson has frequently juggled his back line which had little effect until Leeds picked up their first clean sheet of the season against troubled Portsmouth in their last game before the international break.

The back four which started that match – Paul Connolly, Tom Lees, Darren O’Dea and Aidan White – are likely to be rewarded with a second chance against Rovers.

Much of Leeds’ attacking success comes from industry from the forward pairing coupled with a mixture of hard work and flair from the midfield four.

Front two Andy Keogh and Ross McCormack (right) work incredibly hard, the latter a surprising current leader of the Championship scoring charts after a stuttering start to his Leeds career.

Keogh was the other half of a lethal strike partnership with Billy Sharp at Scunthorpe United and there is certain to be an element of competitiveness between the two tonight.

Both are currently sitting on one goal so far this term.

While the loss of Max Gradel and Bradley Johnson has been felt at Leeds, young midfielder Adam Clayton has stepped up with a series of impressive performances and is certainly one to watch this season.

Robert Snodgrass did not join Gradel and Johnson in departing Elland Road as was expected, and while he showed signs of discontent and disinterest early on in the season, he does appear to be getting back to his best.

Last line-up: (4-4-2) Lonergan, Connolly, Lees, O’Dea, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, Pugh, McCormack, Keogh.