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Kalvin Phillips Ruled Out, Hernandez To Start | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Barnsley

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Jack O’Brien
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Leeds United will host Barnsley at Elland Road on Thursday as they look to continue their excellent run of form. The Whites are coming on the back of three consecutive wins against Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City and Swansea City respectively and are now six points clear of third-placed Brentford. A win on Thursday, therefore, could potentially seal their direct qualification, should Brentford fail to win against Preston.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Barnsley

Defence

The return of Stuart Dallas has made Leeds United much more proactive in the build-up play. He should, therefore, continue at left-back, ahead of Barry Douglas. Luke Ayling, meanwhile, is also a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank, especially having starred in the win over Swansea City last time out.

Leeds United have no fresh injuries in the defensive department, meaning both Ben White and Liam Cooper are set to continue at the heart of club’s four-man backline. Their resistance, composure and work ethic have been key in helping the Whites secure two back to back clean sheets.

In goal, Leeds will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. The Spaniard has served his eight-game suspension and is in contention to start. However, he is unlikely to get the nod ahead of Illan Meslier, who has done well, in his stead.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Barnsley - Ben White has been phenomenal for Leeds this season.
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Ben White of Leeds United reacts ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United at John Smith’s Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Midfield

Marcelo Bielsa has been dealt with a fresh injury heading into this game as Kalvin Phillips is now set to miss the rest of the season. An official statement from the club has confirmed that the midfielder will remain out for at least five weeks, thus creating a significant void in the holding midfield role.

In light of Phillips’ unavailability, Bielsa is likely to revert to a 4-2-3-1, with Pablo Hernandez back into the starting lineup. The in-form Spaniard should form the double-pivot alongside Mateusz Klich. Jamie Shackleton is another option Bielsa has at his disposal.

Attack

Bielsa is unlikely to make any changes in the attack, with Leeds having scored nine goals in the last three matches. Patrick Bamford is in fine form and should once again spearhead the attack.

The ex-Chelsea starlet will be partnered by Tyler Roberts in the number ten role as well as the wide offensive duo of Helder Costa and Jack Harrison, both of whom have been highly influential, of late. Other options include Ezgjan Alioski and Ian Poveda.

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