Leeds United manager Daniel Farke ready to unleash 'unplayable' quartet in play-off final

There is just one more sleep until the Championship play-off final. Will Leeds United prevail at Wembley?

With Patrick Bamford still unavailable for selection, Daniel Farke is likely to stick with Wilfried Gnonto, Georginio Rutter, Crysencio Summerville and Joel Piroe as his front four against Southampton in the biggest match of the Whites' season. The quartet ripped Norwich City's defence to shreds in the play-off semi-final second leg.

Speaking to Freebets.com, former United boss Simon Grayson said:" The front four needed to get their spark and mojo back and we saw in the second leg of the semi-final they did. Anytime it went to Rutter, Gnonto, Summerville and Piroe, they were just unplayable. A good base behind them in the back four solidifies everything.

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"Leeds are playing one of the best teams (Southampton) when it comes to possession of the ball who will like to dictate the play, but it’s not how much of the ball you have, it’s what you do with it that counts.

"This game will certainly be a lot tighter than the previous encounter we saw at Elland Road where Southampton had nothing to play for and Leeds had to go out and win it, in a style of play he probably didn’t want to."

The stakes are high and Grayson has tipped his old club to win 2-1 at the national stadium. "I expect Leeds to go through; after seeing them in that second leg, they had a renewed sense of confidence and vigour about them. The front four Leeds have, along with the likes of Dan James on the wing give Leeds plenty of options.

"If the occasion doesn’t get to the younger players, Leeds have a strong chance. Southampton will be thinking the same though, it’s very difficult to call it."

The less said about United's play-off record the better. They have never won the end-of-season knockout competition in five previous attempts.

Will their poor record weigh heavily on the players' minds? "It shouldn’t do," insisted Grayson. "When I used to do team talks at Preston who had a similar record, I think it was nine times getting to the play offs and never getting through. I’d always tell those players, ‘Look it wasn’t you playing who didn’t go up, you had no part in those games. You can be the new batch of heroes’. I had a 100% playoff final success rate as a manager.

"Records are meant to be broken, the players, young and experienced should be looking at this through the mindset of we can be the first team to get promoted via the play offs. None of them players should have any worries whatsoever as they had no part in any of the matches, I’d get it if was a group of players who’d been in this situation two years ago, but they had no part in it so shouldn’t carry any worries."