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Phillips To Miss Out, Raphinha & James To Start | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Wolves

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Leeds United are aiming for three points as they take on Wolves on Saturday. It is a must-win encounter for the Whites, who have endured a disastrous start to the campaign, having secured only one win in eight matches. They are dawdling at the bottom end of the league table, and securing three points could be imperative if they are to move up the ladder.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup vs Wolves


Luke Ayling remains an absentee for Leeds United heading into this game, which means Marcelo Bielsa may once again have to continue with Jamie Shackleton at right-back.

Meanwhile, Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper should retain their place at the heart of the four-man backline. But they will be hoping for better performance, having struggled to get their grips in the Premier League so far.

Junior Firpo was a slight doubt heading into this game owing to his muscle injury. But he should fit enough to start this encounter as he looks to bombard the flanks and create opportunities going forward.

Illan Meslier is another guaranteed starter in this Leeds United team. The Frenchman has endured an unlucky campaign so far, with his defensive teammates simply not providing enough cover at the back.

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Leeds player Jamie Shackleton reacts dejectedly during the Premier League match between Leeds United and West Ham United at Elland Road on September 25, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Kalvin Phillips remain unlikely to feature on Saturday despite nearing full fitness, as confirmed by Marcelo Bielsa. He is set to be deputised by Pascal Struijk once again, in the defensive midfield role.

Struijk should be partnered by the usual midfield duo of Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich. These two are set to operate in an advanced midfield role, playing a key role in the team’s chance creation. However, it won’t be surprising to see Dallas operating in a wider role should Bielsa opt to leave Shackleton out of the starting eleven.


Moving forward, Leeds United attack will once again be spearheaded by Rodrigo Moreno due to the absence of Patrick Bamford. The Spaniard has endured a difficult season and needs to find his goalscoring boots in order to help his team get back on track.

The same can be said for the partnering attackers in Raphinha and Daniel James (the latter would be hoping to get the nod ahead of Jack Harrison on the left flank). However, Bielsa might want to deploy Harrison as well, knowing the former Man City starlet does have a tendency to score goals.

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