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Struijk To Start, Firpo On The Bench | 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Crystal Palace

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Leeds United will entertain Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday night as they try to earn a victory in front of their home supporters. The Whites managed to grind out a scoreless draw against Brighton and Hove Albion last Saturday, so they will be eager to collect all three points this time around in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa will probably set his team up in a 4-1-4-1 formation and could make one change to his starting XI for this game. Pascal Struijk is likely to get a start at the expense of Junior Firpo, who will drop to the bench, in this midweek clash at West Yorkshire.

4-1-4-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup To Face Crystal Palace

Defence

Illan Meslier will operate as the Whites‘ first-choice keeper after he kept a clean sheet versus the Seagulls in his last league outing. Liam Cooper will resume his centre-half partnership with Diego Llorente as the defensive duo try to keep things solid at the back during the 90 minutes.

Stuart Dallas could get another chance to impress at right-back while Pascal Struijk fills in on the other side as a makeshift left-back. Both of them will have to keep a good shape inside their half so that they can stop the Palace wide players from creating too many chances from the flanks.

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Midfield

Kalvin Phillips will once again assume the duties of a deep-lying, holding midfielder. His main job would be to protect the Leeds backline and feed some decent through balls to the front players. Adam Forshaw and Rodrigo will function as the box-to-box midfielders as they focus on getting a foothold in the game at the centre of the park.

Jack Harrison will fill in as the left-side wide player while Raphinha looks to weave his magic down the right flank.

Attack

Daniel James will once again get the responsibility to operate as a makeshift centre-forward for the Whites up top. He needs a goal to boost his confidence, so this upcoming clash versus the Eagles could be a good chance for him to find some form in the final third.

Patrick Bamford will be sidelined for this game as well due to an ankle injury. However, Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt should be available for a spot on the bench and might come to make an impact in the latter stages if needed.

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