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Bielsa To Make One Key Change | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Everton

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Jack O’Brien
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Leeds United are hoping to bounce back to winning ways as they lock horns with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Whites are coming on the back of a goalless draw with Arsenal, but are yet to win any of their last three matches in all competition. Their winless streak includes two back to back 4-1 defeats to Leicester City and Crystal Palace, so securing all three points could be imperative for the visitors this weekend.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Everton

Defence

Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to make any changes to his defensive setup that did well to secure a clean sheet against Arsenal, although they were helped by the dismissal of Nicolas Pepe in the second half.

New signing Diego Llorente still remains out with injury, so Robin Koch could once again form the central defensive partnership alongside captain Liam Cooper. They could face a trickier test this weekend as they look to deal with James Rodrigo and the in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Elsewhere, Luke Ayling should continue at right-back, while Stuart Dallas, who was deployed in a more central role on the weekend, should return to his duties at left-back, at the expense of Ezgjan Alioski. Illan Meslier, meanwhile, is a guaranteed starter in goal, ahead of Kiko Casilla.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Everton - Ayling to start.
Leeds United’s English defender Luke Ayling reacts to their defeat on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on October 19, 2020. – Wolves won the game 1-0. (Photo by Alex Pantling / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

Leeds United were boosted by the return of Kalvin Phillips on the weekend. The Englishman is set to retain his place in the holding midfield role, as he hopes to provide the solidity in the middle of the park.

Bielsa, however, is expected to make a few alterations elsewhere as well as a change in formation. The returning 4-1-4-1 should see Rodrigo Moreno coming back into the starting lineup. The Spaniard is set to operate in the advanced midfield position alongside Mateusz Klich, although it won’t be surprising to see him act as a secondary forward.

Attack

In the attack, it appears new signing Raphinha could be rewarded with yet another start after somewhat impressing in the draw with Arsenal. The former Rennes winger should start ahead of Helder Costa at right-wing while Jack Harrison is pretty much a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank.

Patrick Bamford should spearhead the Leeds United attack this weekend. The ex-Chelsea starlet will be desperate to find the back of the net, having scored just one goal since his hat-trick against Aston Villa.

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