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Leeds’ predicted XI against Huddersfield Town

Leeds United face Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and with the Whites coming off a run of five consecutive wins you wouldn’t expect them to change their starting XI all that much.

However, due to Kalvin Phillips’ suspension, the Whites will have to reshuffle the pack a little bit.

Marcelo Bielsa has already revealed that Ben White will be stepping into the 24-year-old’s defensive midfield role, but how will that change affect the rest of the lineup?

We’ve had a go at predicting the Argentine’s starting XI for this weekend’s match at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The first thing to note is a massive change in shape for this clash.

Indeed, we expect the Whites to revert back to a four at the back formation.

This is partly due to the fact that Leeds will lose the cover provided by Phillips in the defensive midfield role, but with Huddersfield usually lining up with just one striker that’s usually an indicator that Bielsa will go for a back four rather than a three.

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Kiko Casilla starts between the sticks, but there are a few changes at the back.

Stuart Dallas drops back into full-back after a spell in the midfield, while Gaetano Berardi starts due to Ben White’s move into the middle of the park.

Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling unsurprisingly make up the rest of the back four.

It will be very interesting to see how Ben White copes in his new position after the manager confirmed that the defender will be replacing Kalvin Phillips in the midfield.

Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich keep up their streak of starting every game for the Whites this season.

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Pablo Hernandez remains in a central area due to continuing injury problems for Jamie Shackleton, Tyler Roberts and Adam Forshaw, and his presence in the middle of the park means that Helder Costa starts on the right.

Up top Patrick Bamford keeps his spot after his good goalscoring form against Middlesbrough last weekend.

In other news, Phil Hay has named a PL forward as a potential replacement for Eddie Nketiah.

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