Costa dropped and 21 y/o makes rare start, Bielsa makes big calls: Predicted Leeds XI – opinion

Costa dropped and 21 y/o makes rare start, Bielsa makes big calls: Predicted Leeds XI – opinion

After earning a draw against Manchester United last week, Leeds return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side picked up five points from a run of tricky games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively, and an unbeaten run against the Premier League’s heavyweights should hold them in good stead for their trip to face the Seagulls.

The Leeds manager will once again have to do without Raphinha after confirming in his pre-match press conference that he is not yet back from his injury, while he will also have some big calls to make over players who have been out of form.

With that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds might line up when they travel down to the coast to take on Graham Potter’s Brighton.

In goal, Illan Meslier will be hoping to keep back-to-back clean sheets after helping to shut out the Red Devils last weekend at Elland Road.

The back four should also remain unchanged, with Liam Cooper serving the final match of his suspension against the Seagulls today after the three-match ban he received for his tackle during the City game.

In midfield, Tyler Roberts could make way for Mateusz Klich, while Helder Costa’s poor form in recent weeks surely warrants him being dropped from the starting line-up.

Ian Poveda has been the man to come on for the Portuguese ace during the last couple of games and the 21-year-old will surely be pushing Bielsa for a rare start – he has yet to feature from the off in the Premier League this season.

They could be the only changes Bielsa makes, but with Whites picking up some great results against the league’s top teams, it would be a big gamble for the Leeds boss to start tinkering with his side excessively.

Predicted XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Alioski; Phillips, Poveda, Klich, Dallas, Harrison; Bamford.

Meanwhile, Leeds can finally bin this “liability”…

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