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Firpo And Rodrigo To Return, Bamford On The Bench | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Brentford

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

After securing a rare win over Crystal Palace this midweek, Leeds United will be hoping to further extend their tally as they take on Brentford on Sunday. With just three wins so far, the Whites are currently dawdling in 15th position in the league table. However, with just three points separating them from ninth-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, a victory could go a long way in helping the Yorkshire outfit recover from a difficult start to the season.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Brentford

Defence

Leeds United are still missing out on Robin Koch due to a long-term injury while Sunday’s encounter against Brentford could come a bit too soon for Luke Ayling. But on the positive note, Marcelo Bielsa was boosted by the return of Junior Firpo to the bench in midweek and one would expect the former Barcelona man to replace Pascal Struijk at left-back this weekend.

Even Ayling played for the reserve side at the end of last month, so it won’t be surprising to see the Englishman make an appearance. However, the onus of starting in the right-back position will still be on Stuart Dallas.

There should be no changes in central defence, as captain Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente hope to maintain their good form at the heart of the four-man backline. The duo has kept a clean sheet in two consecutive matches, and another this weekend could at least ensure their team one point.

It will be equally important for goalkeeper Illan Meslier to continue his good form. The young Frenchman was excellent in the last game and is hoping for a third consecutive clean sheet this weekend.

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Junior Firpo of Leeds United passes the ball during the Premier League match between Leeds United and West Ham United at Elland Road on September 25, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Kalvin Phillips remains a guaranteed starter in the holding midfield slot for Leeds United. But it will be interesting to see who starts alongside the English international.

In the last game, Bielsa opted for the duo of Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw, in the two advanced midfield roles. But as he looks to adopt a more attacking approach against Brentford, it won’t be surprising to see Klich being replaced by Rodrigo Moreno.

Attack

Patrick Bamford is slowly returning to full fitness and had recently played for the reserve team. The former Chelsea starlet is unlikely to start this weekend, though. In his stead, we could once again expect Tyler Roberts to spearhead the line for Leeds United.

Additional support will be provided by the explosive wide attacking duo of Daniel James and Raphinha. Jack Harrison is another alternative, should Bielsa look to add more dynamism in the final third.

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