Nullifying Leeds' Attacking Power
Alex Neil is well aware of the attacking threat Leeds posses and therefore feels if Preston can cope with that it'll increase the North End hopes of getting a result a Elland Road this afternoon.
Leeds, also under new management following the appointment of Thomas Christiansen during the summer, will require a change of approach from Preston with Neil prepared to adapt the style of play to suit.
Having watched Leeds' win against Bolton - along with games in pre-season - the Preston boss believes he's got a fairly good grasp of how his counterpart will play though.
'I think it's going to be subject to change in terms of the way we play. I saw them against Bolton and we've watched a lot of their pre-season stuff so we will have a good idea of what they will do, how they will try and do it. Having looked at them I don't think there is a huge deal of change in terms of their style but to be honest it's ultimately going to be about how well we can perform on the day,' Neil told the Official Website.
Adding: 'Going forward is their biggest strength for me, they've got Hernandez who plays just in behind Chris Wood, technically he's very good. They've got Roof who plays off the right hand side who very direct and obviously Chris Wood is top proven goalscorer. We are going to have to make sure we keep them quiet and then hopefully try and impose our style on them and let's hope that our attacking players can go an have an impact on the game.'
Neil opted to make wholesale changes to the side that beat another Yorkshire side, Sheffield Wednesday, to kick off the Championship season when Preston faced Accrington in the League Cup during midweek.
The boss praised the fact his players 'worked their socks off' but still knows 'we didn't take advantage' of the amount of efforts on goal, which proved costly.
It'll lead to further changes at Elland Road with Neil finishing by admitting some had given him food for thought. However, others might have made his job easier.
'Ultimately all I can do as a manager is give them an opportunity to play and then it's really down to them to perform and stake their claim. There will be some decisions that are easier than others come the weekend, but I will have a clear idea on exactly how about we go about it and who will be involved.'