Leeds United face a huge game in their season this weekend when they travel to the City Ground with Marcelo Bielsa looking to secure his first victory over Nottingham Forest.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men are right in the promotion mix. They will move to within one point of the Whites with a victory on Saturday.
Forest have a number of threats Leeds will need to make plans for. Of course, preventing Lewis Grabban from scoring is going to be a key task.
But keeping Joe Lolley quiet may be crucial if the Whites are going to take a positive result back with them.
Lolley has scored four goals in his last six appearances. He has had a direct hand in 12 goals this season.
Leeds will probably be expecting Lolley to be playing on the Whites’ left flank. And that may pose something of a problem for Bielsa’s men.
If there is any position in Leeds’s squad where there is an opportunity for one of a number of players to stamp their authority on that role, it may be left-back.
Gjanni Alioski has shown that he is capable of colossal performances. But when the North Macedonia international has an off-day, it can really harm the Whites.
Luckily, even with Barry Douglas and Leif Davis missing, Bielsa has another option he can turn to.
Leeds beat Hull City 2-0 at Elland Road back in December. While the result may have been similar to what many would have expected, there was a surprise on that night.
Tigers’ dangerman Jarrod Bowen barely featured in the defeat. And that was down to a fantastic defensive display from Stuart Dallas.
Dallas could have been better when he had the ball. But there is no question that he did a brilliant job of keeping Bowen quiet and ensuring that the forward could not make the same impact he made one year earlier.
Bowen had scored five goals in three games before facing Leeds. But he seemed to barely get a kick at Elland Road thanks to the Northern Irishman.
That should tempt Bielsa to consider using Dallas at left-back at the City Ground.
If he can replicate that performance when up against Lolley, Leeds may be able to edge one of Saturday’s most crucial battles.