Leeds United are aiming to build a winning momentum as they take on Southampton on Saturday. The Whites had headed into the international break with a crucial victory over Wolves and it is imperative that they follow it with another three points, as Marcelo Bielsa looks to guide his team to recovery after a difficult start to the campaign.
Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Southampton
The international break has not particularly favoured Bielsa as neither of his injured defenders in Robin Koch and Luke Ayling are back just yet. As such, the Argentine tactician will be forced to pick from his existing options.
He is expected to shift into a back three for this game, with captain Liam Cooper looking to spearhead the backline and help his team keep another clean sheet. Pascal Struijk should accompany him at the heart of the three-man backline, providing the brute force while Diego Llorente’s technical aspect, as well as the ability to read the game, could be vital in Leeds’ chances of keeping a clean sheet.
There should be not many changes elsewhere, with Illan Meslier continuing his place in between the sticks for Leeds United this weekend.
Kalvin Phillips’ fitness remains a big question mark for Leeds United fans heading into this game. The Englishman did opt-out from the England squad during the international break owing to fitness issues, but we do expect him to get back to full fitness in time.
Phillips could thus operate at the base of Leeds United’s 4-3-3. He should be accompanied by the dynamic left wingback Junior Firpo as well as the versatile Stuart Dallas in the second line of press.
Mateusz Klich, meanwhile, will be tasked with the responsibility to operate in the hybrid number eight/ten position. The onus will be on the Pole to provide the creativity as well as helping out Phillips in the middle of the park.
Moving forward, Raphinha is almost unlikely to feature in this game for Leeds United. The Brazilian is entitled to international duty for his nation, which means we could expect a starting opportunity for new signing Daniel James.
The Welshman will be keen on making an impression in the final third, as he partners Rodrigo Moreno and Jack Harrison in the Leeds United frontline this weekend.