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Raphina Set To Make The Eleven | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Brighton

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Leeds United are once again desperate for all three points as they lock horns with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. It will be a must-win game for the Whites, who are falling further into the relegation scrap, especially after a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. They are now in danger of entering the bottom three places, with 18th placed Burnley needing just a win to move out of the drop zone.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Brighton

Defence

Leeds United are hoping to have Luke Ayling back into the pitch after a long injury absence. It remains unlikely that he will be given the start, though, while Robin Koch remains a guaranteed absentee in the defensive department.

As such, Marcelo Bielsa could be forced to persist with the central defensive combo of Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente. They are hoping to produce improved performances after once again struggling to deal with the Tottenham attack last weekend.

Elsewhere, there are no updates on the fitness of Junior Firpo. As such, we are expecting Stuart Dallas to continue at right-back, while the absence of Firpo and potentially, Jamie Shackleton, could see Pascal Struijk occupying the left-back slot.

There shouldn’t be any changes in goal, with Illan Meslier hoping to retain a rare clean sheet this weekend.

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Midfield

Adam Forshaw seems to have gained the trust of Marcelo Bielsa, who has continued to ignore Mateusz Klich in light of his poor form during the early parts of the campaign.

Hence, we might witness Forshaw once again occupying the advanced midfield role, alongside Rodrigo Moreno, although the former will certainly be asked to operate in a deeper role. Indeed, he could even appear alongside the holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips in a situational double-pivot.

Attack

Moving forward, there were doubts surrounding the overall fitness of Raphinha heading into this game. However, the Brazilian is likely to make the starting eleven, with Jack Harrison also retaining his role on the opposite flank.

Long-term absentee Patrick Bamford has recently been pictured in training, though, which is exciting news for the Leeds United fans. But for the time being, Bielsa will have to persist with Daniel James operating in the false nine role.

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