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Leeds’ predicted XI to face Stoke in the Carabao Cup

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Leeds face another outing against Stoke this week, their second in just four days as the Carabao Cup returns.

The Whites defeated Salford with relative ease in their opening League Cup encounter of the season but this provides a stiffer test than the League Two outfit did a couple of weeks ago.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are currently unbeaten this term so will be looking to carry on that record after defeating the Potters 3-0 a matter of days ago.

However, who will start on this occasion? Our predicted XI tips the Argentine to make five changes.

The Whites decided to play with a different formation at the weekend, opting for three in defence but back at home, it wouldn’t be a great surprise if Bielsa reverted to his tried and tested 4-1-4-1 formation.

This means that there could be a number of changes to his starting XI.

The first one to note is Illan Meslier. The Frenchman is yet to play for the first-team yet but has featured for the U23s.

After a few weeks to get used to Leeds’ methods, now seems like the ideal time to hand him his chance after arriving on loan from Lorient.

Further opportunities could also be given to Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah.

The pair combined for the opening goal against Salford whilst the same combination was on hand against Brentford. That means that Patrick Bamford will likely be rested.

There may also be a role given to Mateusz Bogusz who is yet to feature in competitive action for the Whites despite scoring against Western Sydney Wanderers in pre-season.

Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich both started the last League Cup outing so could play again. Given the opposition is stronger, Jack Clarke may have to sit out once more with a degree of familiarity preferred.

Bielsa has been talking up Jamie Shackleton recently so he may be given a start at right back in place of Stuart Dallas.

We’re also tipping Liam Cooper to miss out again after the Leeds boss favoured a cautious approach with the defender at the weekend.

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