Leeds United will look to right the wrongs from their latest outing in the Premier League. They were handed a 4-2 defeat by Arsenal last weekend – despite their second half spurt of energy, Marcelo Bielsa’s men couldn’t dig deep enough to counteract the home side’s emphatic performance.
Focus shifts to tonight’s match against Wolves as the Whites ready up to travel to Molineux for their next challenge. Bielsa has provided some positive updates regarding two of his senior personnel, confirming in his latest press conference that both Diego Llorente and Mateusz Klich are match fit.
With only three points in mind, Football FanCast has predicted how Leeds will set-up to take on the Wanderers this evening…
With the huge boost that Llorente has finally returned from injury, he could start tonight alongside Liam Cooper. Due to an injury-stricken squad, Bielsa has been forced to deploy Luke Ayling in a more central position to cater for the lack of centre-backs. But the £18m-rated summer recruit could once again kickstart his debut Leeds season with a solid performance in defence tonight.
Amid mounting exit links, Ezgjan Alioski continues to disappoint in white. He was replaced by 20-year-old Niall Huggins after 53 minutes against Arsenal. The youngster put in a very promising performance, completing 88% accurate passes to Alioski’s 70% and losing possession just three times compared to his senior’s 13, according to Sofascore.
His cameo against the Gunners was Huggins’ debut appearance for Leeds and now he has had a taste, he will be hungry for more. Bielsa could take a punt by starting him in defence tonight and seeing how he fares with a full 90 minutes under his belt.
In the engine room, things will likely remain unchanged. Pascal Struijk has been solid operating in the No.6 role in absence of Kalvin Phillips and the boss won’t want to upset this rhythm. Leeds need as much firepower to protect their goal as they can get – Wolves’ attack is firing from all cylinders despite the absence of Raul Jimenez and Bielsa will not want to come away without a positive result tonight.
Jack Harrison and Raphinha will as always support Patrick Bamford in attack, hoping to really give the home side’s backline something to cry about.