Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 26.
James' recent form shows he is capable of punishing Manchester United in his first match against his former side on Sunday.
The Leeds United winger impressed for Man Utd in a 5-1 win against Leeds on the opening weekend of the season, before moving to Elland Road on a permanent transfer 17 days later.
James is currently leading the line in Patrick Bamford’s absence, scoring three goals in his last five Premier League starts as a central striker.
James' speed and movement will be especially dangerous from counters and turnovers.
If he is afforded enough space to sprint behind the defenders in those key moments he could turn out to be Leeds’ matchwinner.
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Wherever he is utilised, James is a busy presence who makes a number of high-intensity runs.
The players likely marking him on Sunday are accustomed to making around a third of the sprints that James will test them with, so they will need to concentrate hard.
His top speed of 35.1 km/h is significantly quicker than any of United’s centre-backs, so we may see Ralf Rangnick set up his defensive line a little deeper than usual.
Standing just 5ft 7in tall, James does not offer a physical presence at centre-forward.
The absence of that focal point in Bamford has led to Leeds relying on fast breakaways more than ever this term.
In fact no top-flight side have manufactured more opportunities via direct attacks in 2021/22.
If Man Utd do set up with a lower block to try and nullify this threat and James’ pace, their former player can still pose danger.
While James is yet to prove himself as a consistent goalscorer, there is no doubt he is full of confidence ahead of this reunion with Man Utd.