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Raphinha To Return | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

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Leeds United are hoping to maintain their good run of form as they lock horns with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. The Whites have performed extremely well during their tough run of fixtures, avoiding defeats in matches against Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. It will give them a wealth of confidence as they look to secure a win and put pressure on Everton and Tottenham.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Brighton

Defence

Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to make too many changes in his defensive unit, with this game being the third of club captain Liam Cooper’s three-match suspension.

Pascal Struijk has gotten the nod ahead of Robin Koch in central defence, and it will remain the same this weekend, as the youngster hopes to continue his central defensive partnership alongside Diego Llorente.

Bielsa is also unlikely to tinker too much with his tried and tested fullback combination of Luke Ayling and Ezgjan Alioski, both of who were impressive in the recent draw with Manchester United.

Illan Meslier is another guaranteed starter in goal for Leeds United. The Frenchman kept a welcome clean sheet in the last game and will be hoping to maintain a similar record this time around.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Brighton - Struijk has gained the trust of Bielsa.
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Midfield

Kalvin Phillips is a shoo-in at holding midfield role that plays a vital role in Leeds United’s second line of press. His ability to read the game, coupled with his passing, could go a long way in helping the Whites dominate this game.

Moving a bit forward, Stuart Dallas and Tyler Roberts have been in excellent form. They have consistently created chances as well as finding themselves in goalscoring opportunities. Their contributions could once again be critical against the Seagulls this weekend.

Attack

Raphinha could not make the squad against Manchester United due to injury last time out. However, the Brazilian is back in contention against Brighton and may even replace Helder Costa in the starting lineup. His return to action could serve as a massive boost for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Jack Harrison, too, remain a guaranteed starter, as he and Raphinha look to cause menace for the Brighton backline that is led by former Leeds United starlet Ben White.

It will be interesting to see how the centre-back copes with these two as well as Patrick Bamford, who will spearhead the attack for the Whites this weekend.

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