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Leeds United: Predicted starting line-up v Wolves

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Leeds will be hoping they can earn a first league win since their 3-0 home victory against Huddersfield on 20 September, but will have to do so without top scorer Souleymane Doukara when they host an in form Wolves side at Elland road this weekend.

The striker's absence - as he is serving a one match suspension for picking up a fifth yellow card at Norwich last weekend - means that manager Darko Milanic has a striker dilemma, with Billy Sharp, Steve Morison, Brian Montenegro all vying to fill the void.

28-year-old Sharp is the obvious choice to step up to the plate, although he is a doubt after reportedly suffering a bit of a knock. So Slovenian coach Milanic may want to look to his other forwards and give them an opportunity to prove themselves for the club.

Leeds have failed to pick up a win in any of their last five league games, losing two and drawing three of them, however, they have only suffered one defeat in their last seven games in all competitions. The fact that Wolves have drawn their last for away fixtures just writes 'draw' all over this fixture.

Marco Silvestri will be the first name on the team sheet in goal, With Milanic confirming that Bellusci will start the game, most probably alongside captain Jason Pearce in the heart of defence.

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Rodolph Austin is a doubt for the Wolves encounter, offering hope of a starting spot for young Lewis Cook. Yet the big question for the Peacock's fans is who will start up top alongside Mirco Antenucci.

Predicted Starting XI

Silvestri, Byram, Bellusci, Pearce (c), Berardi, Bianchi, Austin, Mowatt, Cook, Antenucci, Sharp.

Prediction: Leeds 1-1 Wolves

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