LEEDS United will have the element of surprise when they step out on the King Power Stadium pitch to take on Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.

New boss Jesse Marsch is expected to abandon the man-to-man marking system favoured by his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa - but what tactics the American will utilise in his first game in charge is open to question.

Although both coaches are advocates of a high press, they go about it in different ways, with Marsch’s teams opting to pressure the opposition in groups on various areas of the pitch.

A tight 4-4-2 system which transformed into a 4-2-2-2 and a 4-3-1-2 formation was used when Marsch had considerable success with Salzburg. During his difficult tenure at Leipzig other multiple systems were used.

It’s a point not lost on Leicester midfielder James Maddison, who told LCFCTV: “Leeds is always an interesting game because of their unique style of play under Marcelo Bielsa, so, it will be interesting to see what type of football the new manager is going to play.

“We’re unfortunate that we’re their first game where we’re going to go in fairly blind”.

United defender Diego Llorente is a doubt for the trip which probably comes too early for long-term absentees Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper. Bamford only returned to light training this week but Phillips and Cooper are closing in on full fitness but may be held back for next week’s successive home games against Aston Villa and Norwich.

Marsch is a keen advocate of developing new players and if he opts to go with two up front it could open the door to teenager Joe Gelhardt, whom many Leeds fans have been demanding to start more games. It was Leeds who beat Leicester to the former Wigan Athletic youngster’s signature two years ago.

Leicester have their own injury problems. The Foxes are expected to be without defenders Timothy Castagne, Ryan Bertrand, James Justin, Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans, while there is a major doubt over Ricardo Pereira, who came off with a tight hamstring in the 2-0 midweek victory at Burnley.

Although that result helped the Whites in their fight to avoid the drop, it signalled a goalscoring return for striker Jamie Vardy, who will spell danger to a Leeds backline which has been leaking goals at an alarming rate.

The key game this weekend in the Premier League relegation scrap sees bottom club Norwich entertain Brentford, who are just a point above Leeds. Most of the other clubs in and around the basement zone have homes games with Burnley hosting Chelsea, Newcastle taking on Brighton and Watford facing Arsenal. Everton travel to Tottenham on Monday night.

New head coach Marsch will be assisted by Cameron Toshack, formerly of Swansea City Under-23s and Pafos FC in Cyprus. He is the son of John Toshack, the former Liverpool and Wales striker, and has aided his father in coaching the Macedonian national team.

Former Austrian international and Red Bull Salzburg assistant Franz Schiemer has also arrived at Thorp Arch to help Marsch.

Mark Jackson, who steered Leeds’ U23s to successive promotions has been promoted to help with first-team matters. His old role is taken up by Andrew Taylor, who became the Whites’ loan manager last year after leaving Sunderland’s backroom staff.