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Phillips And Cooper Back In Contention | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leeds United Lineup Vs Wolves

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Jack O’Brien
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Leeds United are gunning for back to back wins as they take on Wolves on Friday. It could be an extremely important fixture for the Whites, who are coming on the back of a crucial 2-1 win over Norwich City. Another three points could go a long way in helping them remain ahead of the relegation candidates such as Everton, Watford, and Burnley.

Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Wolves

Defence

Leeds United are set to remain without the services of Junior Firpo and Leo Hjelde. However, Liam Cooper could be back in contention after returning to training.

Jesse Marsch, though, will think twice before fast-tracking the return of the Leeds United captain. As such, Diego Llorente should retain his place in the side alongside Pascal Struijk. The duo will be hoping to keep a clean sheet that could go a long way in helping Leeds United attain at least a point.

Elsewhere, the absence of Firpo means Stuart Dallas should continue at left-back, whereas Luke Ayling remains a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank. There is no looking past Illan Meslier in goal, although the Frenchman must keep a clean sheet amid growing pressure.

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Liam Cooper of Leeds United looks on as he wears a rainbow captains armband as clubs show their support to the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Crystal Palace at Elland Road on November 30, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Kalvin Phillips could be an option for Leeds United in midfield. However, the Englishman is unlikely to be risked, especially with Robin Koch set to make his return as well.

Koch should occupy the number six slot, thereby complementing Adam Forshaw in the double-pivot. As for the number ten role, Rodrigo Moreno is a slight doubt, which could see Marsch push Mateusz Klich into the attacking midfield position.

Attack

Patrick Bamford appears to be a guaranteed starter as the former Chelsea frontman looks to spearhead the Leeds United attack this Friday. His ability to sniff goalscoring opportunities could be vital against a Wolves defence that are known for their resilience.

Elsewhere in the attack, Raphinha and Daniel James are favourites to occupy the wide attacking roles. However, Marsch has no shortage of alternatives, with Jack Harrison, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood all potential options.

The most interesting option on the bench, though, could be Sam Gelhardt. The youngster has made a solid impression with his cameos this season and it won’t be surprising to see him appear as a second-half substitute.

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