Leeds United are aiming to get back on track as they play hosts to Southampton on Tuesday. The Whites succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Wolves in their last game and are yet to secure a victory in any of their last two matches. Collecting all three points against the Saints could thus prove to be critical as they look to continue their surge into the top half of the league table.
Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Southampton
Diego Llorente was available for Marcelo Bielsa in the last game, but with Pascal Struijk and Liam Cooper in excellent form, the Spaniard may once again have to settle for a place on the bench.
Luke Ayling is also likely to continue in his preferred right-back role while goalkeeper Illan Meslier is hoping for another improved display following his troubles against Arsenal earlier this month.
There could be one change in defence though, with Stuart Dallas making way for Ezgjan Alioski in the left-back role. The Macedonian international should play a key role in offering creative support going forward – something that was missing in the last game against Wolves.
Jamie Shackleton once again failed to impress after being given another opportunity in the first-team. He started in midfield in the absence of the injured Kalvin Phillips, who is likely to remain sidelined with his calf problem. In his stead, Bielsa may turn towards Dallas.
The left-back operated in his natural role against Wolves, but his services could be required in central midfield, alongside Mateusz Klich. There could be another change in the middle of the park, with Pablo Hernandez set to get a rare starting opportunity at the expense of Tyler Roberts.
The ageing Spaniard has barely featured in the first-team for Leeds United this season. However, his undoubted quality could come into play as the Whites look to breach the Saints defence on Tuesday.
Bielsa has no reason to make any attacking changes as the likes of Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford have been in good form. They are the undisputed first-team regulars and don’t face much competition, especially with Ian Poveda out injured while Rodrigo remains a massive doubt heading into this game, even though the Spaniard has improved on his overall fitness.
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