Leeds United are hoping to get back to winning ways as they take on Burnley on Sunday. The Whites are coming on the back of a 2-2 draw with Everton but will be keen on securing their first win of the campaign and head into the international break on a positive note. They had trashed Burnley 4-0 in the same fixture last season, but things could get much more challenging this time around for Marcelo Bielsa and Co.
Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Burnley
Marcelo Bielsa rested a lot of key players in midweek’s Carabao Cup fixture against Crewe Alexandra. But the return of Diego Llorente was certainly a pleasing sight for the fans.
The Spaniard should retain his place in the side, forming the three-man Leeds United backline alongside Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk. It means club captain Liam Cooper may have to settle for a place on the bench while Robin Koch is not fully fit.
It was surprising to see Illan Meslier start ahead of new signing Kristoffer Klaesson in the midweek game. But he remains a guaranteed starter in this Premier League fixture, as the young Frenchman eyes his first clean sheet of the campaign.
There shouldn’t be any changes elsewhere in the backline, with Stuart Dallas and Junior Firpo occupying the wingback positions. This particular role suits both the players as they can attack the opposition really well.
Kalvin Phillips’ return to the pitch has clearly added much more stability to Leeds United’s game. The Englishman recently starred in the victory over Crewe Alexandra and should occupy the holding midfield role this weekend.
He should be partnered by Mateusz Klich, operating in a more advanced role, though the Pole will be tasked to drop deeper during defensive phases, forming a situational 3-4-2-1. It could be essential in maintaining stability in the team.
Meanwhile, in attack, Raphinha should return to the side. The Brazilian will be keen on making a difference and could make life difficult for the Burnley defence.
He partners Jack Harrison in the wider attacking positions for Leeds United, as the two look to provide the supply for Patrick Bamford in attack. The former Chelsea starlet, though, is still looking for his first goal of the new season. Finding it could be imperative for the forward, who was recently named in the England squad this week.