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Llorente Starts Again, Phillips In Contention | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs West Ham

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Jack O’Brien
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Leeds United are hoping to kickstart March on a winning note as they lock horns with West Ham United on Monday. The Whites have lost three of their last four matches, with their recent defeat coming against Aston Villa, at the end of February. However, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have had more than enough time to prepare themselves ahead of this crucial Premier League matchup at the London Stadium.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs West Ham

Defence

Bielsa doesn’t have any reason to make any defensive changes to the side that fared rather well against Aston Villa. Diego Llorente has done reasonably well since returning to full fitness while Liam Cooper’s leadership has been crucial in helping them improve their dismal defensive record at the back.

Luke Ayling remains a guaranteed starter at right-back as well, although it will be interesting to see whether Bielsa gets tempted to deploy Ezgjan Alioski on the opposite flank.

West Ham do have solid wingers that can cause problems on the counter, though, which means Stuart Dallas is likely to retain his place in the side, ahead of Alioski. Illan Meslier, too, remains a shoo-in, in between the sticks, with the Frenchman desperately hoping for a clean sheet this weekend.

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Midfield

Bielsa has provided a vague update on the fitness of Kalvin Phillips, whose return to the side could depend on how he performs in training. Hence, the young Pascal Struijk remains a safe bet in the holding midfield position.

Mateusz Klich has been in awful form, of late, but should still retain his place in the more advanced role. He will play a key role in aiding the partnering playmaker in Tyler Roberts, who is once again filling in for Rodrigo.

The Spanish newcomer, much like Phillips, is a doubt heading into this game. Bielsa, though, does have the option of starting with Pablo Hernandez, though the Argentine tactician does seem to favour Roberts.

Attack

There could be one change in order in the attacking unit, with Jack Harrison returning to the side at the expense of Helder Costa. He should, therefore, renew his wide attacking partnership with Raphinha, while Ian Poveda may also be an option, having recently returned to full fitness.

Nevertheless, these two wingers are hoping to provide the supply for Patrick Bamford upfront. The ex-Chelsea starlet will be desperately looking for a goal after failing to find the back of the net against Aston Villa last time out.

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