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Kalvin Phillips To Start, Hernandez Misses Out | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Cardiff City

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Leeds United will restart their campaign on Sunday when they take on Cardiff City. The Whites are currently leading the Championship table by just one point, meaning it could be imperative for them to seal all three points in this fixture as they look to maintain their lead over West Bromwich Albion.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Cardiff City

Defence

Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to miss out on the services of any defender ahead of this clash. It was Gaetano Berardi starting alongside Liam Cooper at centre-back the last time Leeds United had played.

However, Berardi could now make way for Ben White at the heart of the four-man backline. The talented centre-back has been linked with a permanent move to Elland Road this summer, but his future at the club remains uncertain.

Elsewhere in defence, Bielsa is set to continue with Luke Ayling at right-back, with Stuart Dallas featuring on the opposite flank. Both the players are fit and will be raring to go as Leeds look to restart their Championship campaign with a win.

Meanwhile, Illan Meslier is a guaranteed to retain his place in goal ahead of Kiko Casilla, who is facing an eight-game suspension.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Cardiff City - Can Meslier continue his excellent performances?
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Illan Meslier of Leeds United looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 06, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Midfield

Bielsa is unlikely to make any notable changes in central midfield. Mateusz Klich should retain his place in the side, but will now be partnered by Kalvin Phillips.

The star midfielder was not in the squad during the last game against Huddersfield Town back in March. But, his return should serve as a massive boost for Bielsa and Leeds United as they look to dominate the middle third of the pitch against Cardiff.

A little further forward, however, Pablo Hernandez is a doubt heading into this game. The Spaniard’s potential absence should pave the way for Tyler Roberts to start in the attacking midfield slot.

Attack

Aside from Hernandez, Jean-Kevin Augustin is another player included in the list of absentees for Leeds United this weekend. On the flip side, however, Bielsa will have Patrick Bamford available, and the ex-Chelsea star is most likely to spearhead the attack against Cardiff City.

Helder Costa and Jack Harrison, meanwhile are undisputed starters on the wide attacking slots. These two will look to provide the productivity going forward. But, they will be under pressure, with loan signing Ian Poveda also pushing for a place in the starting lineup.

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