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Roofe In, Roberts Out; Bamford Starts | 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Sheffield Wednesday

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Birmingham City did Leeds United a massive favour by holding Sheffield United to a draw. The Whites have their destiny in their own hands now as they enter the final five games of the season. They are set to host Sheffield Wednesday at home this weekend, and nothing less than three points would do for the West Yorkshire outfit.

Leeds United are on a patchy run of form at the moment as they have won three but lost two of their last five encounters. There’s not much room for error now as we enter into the final phase of the season. The Owls are currently six points off the sixth spot, and they are unlikely to make it to the playoffs. Last time the two teams met, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. A draw at this point of the season would be equivalent to a defeat for Leeds United.

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Apart from Barry Douglas, everyone is fit, and Marcelo Bielsa should have a strong squad to choose from here.

Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Sheffield Wednesday

Formation (4-1-4-1)

Defence

Kiko Casilla is set to continue in goal for the Whites. The Champions League winner has made a real difference since he was signed in January. Bielsa never really likes to experiment too much with his team, so Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper are expected to play as the centre backs. That leaves Gaetano Berardi on the bench.

Ezgjan Alioski showcases impressive work rate down the left, and he is set to operate as a left-back once again. Luke Ayling should be in his usual right-back role.

Midfield

Kalvin Phillips is a nailed on starter in the deepest role in midfield. The midfielder has a considerable role to play in the lineup as he protects the back four and sets up the base for United’s attack. Mateusz Klich scored an absolute banger when these two-sided met earlier. The Polish international will be in his regular central midfield role. We would like to see Kemar Roofe starting ahead of Tyler Roberts in the attacking midfield position. However, Bielsa might persist with Roberts again.

Jack Harrison should keep his place on the left flank as Bielsa prefers to use Jack Clarke as an impact substitute. Pablo Hernandez should start from the right side.

Attack

Many expected Kemar Roofe to replace Patrick Bamford in the last game, but Bielsa showed why he trusted his big summer signing. The striker managed a brace against Preston, and he should lead the line once again.

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