Key events

Accrington Stanley v Leeds United line-ups

Accrington Stanley: Savin, Astley, Longelo, Tharme, Rodgers, Coyle, Hamilton, Pressley, McConville, Whalley, Leigh.

Subs: Jensen, Nolan, Perritt, Martin, Quirk, Woods, Adekoya, Pickles, Fernandes.

Leeds United: Meslier, Firpo, Kristensen, Wober, Koch, Roca, Greenwood, Harrison, Sinisterra, Rutter, Bamford.

Subs: Robles, Van den Heuvel, Ayling, Llorente, Gyabi, Aaronson, Perkins, Rodrigo, Joseph.

The FA Cup sits pitchside at the Wham Stadium.
The FA Cup sits pitchside at the Wham Stadium. Photograph: Paul Greenwood/REX/Shutterstock

Team news: John Coleman makes two changes to the side that beat Boreham Wood after extra time on Tuesday, with Aaron Pressley and Rosaire Longeleu coming into the side for George Nottingham and Dan Martin.

Jesse Marsch hands the captaincy to Patrick Bamford and a debut to record signing Georginio Rutter, two of six changes to the Leeds team that drew against Brentford in the Premier League last weekend. Rasmus Kristensen, Junior Firpo, Sam Greenwood and Luis Sinisterra also come into the side. Brenden Aaronson, Luke Ayling, Pascal Struijk, Rodrigo, Wilfried Gnonto and the injured Tyler Adams make way.

An Accrington fan poses outside the Wham Stadium.
An Accrington fan poses outside the Wham Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Early team news

Accrington are without midfielder Joe Pritchard and David Morgan, as well as Australian defender Jay Rich-Bagheuleu, who have all been ruled out for the rest of the season. Seamus Coneely and Mitchell Clark are also sidelined, while Mohammed Sangare is approaching full fitness but probably won’t feature today. Central defender Michael Nottingham is out after limping out of Accrington’s third round replay against Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.

Leeds are without Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville and Archie Gray, while skipper Liam Cooper is rated at no more than 50-50 to start today. Jesse Marsch has stated that winger Luis Sinisterra will start today, while Leeds fans are also expected to get their first opportunity to run the rule over striker Georginio Rutter, their new record signing brought in from Hoffenheim for £35m.

Georginio Rutter (left, alongside Wilfried Gnonto) is expected to start against Accrington is expected to make his Leeds debut today.
Georginio Rutter (left, alongside Wilfried Gnonto) is expected to start against Accrington is expected to make his Leeds debut today. Photograph: MI News/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

FA Cup fourth round: Accrington v Leeds United

The Wham Stadium will be putting the boom-boom into the hearts of Accrington Stanley fans as their team hosts Leeds for the first in their history this afternoon. While these clubs are separated by just 55 miles on the map, they have met just twice previously, at Elland Road in the League Cup and EFL Trophy, with Leeds running out winners on both occasions.

Despite their struggles in the Premier League, Jesse Marsch’s side are hot favourites to prevail again today against their hosts from League One, although an upset would come as no massively seismic surprise. Kick-off in Lancashire is at 12.30pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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