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Preview: Leeds XI vs Fulham – latest injury and team news, predicted lineup

After holding in-form Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Elland Road last time out in the Premier League, Leeds return to action when they take on Fulham on Friday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had some troubles in front of goal recently, failing to find the back of the net in their last three top-flight games, and it’s a run which has seen them pick up just one point from a possible nine.

With The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealing a mixed bag in terms of news on the injury front, Bielsa will once again be searching for his best possible line-up to ensure a return to winning ways at Craven Cottage.

Predictions for Leeds vs Fulham

Leeds win

Leeds win

Draw

Draw

Fulham win

Fulham win

With that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds might line up for the trip to Fulham tonight.

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In goal, Illan Meslier will be hoping to keep his tenth Premier League clean sheet of the season, moving into the top five among all shot-stoppers.

Ahead of the match, Hay confirmed that club captain Liam Cooper will once again be missing from action due to illness; and while Pascal Struijk and Diego Llorente helped keep a shut-out against Chelsea, Robin Koch is surely pushing for a long-awaited start and could give Bielsa a huge call to make.

Gjanni Alioski endured a difficult game against the Blues and could do with being dropped, and that could see Stuart Dallas fill in at left-back once more.

In midfield, Hay revealed that Rodrigo is a doubt with a muscular problem, and there’s surely no way Bielsa will be looking to risk the Spaniard if that’s the case.

That should see Tyler Roberts keep his place, while the £45,000-a-week earning Mateusz Klich could come in to take Dallas’ role in the middle of the park.

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Klich’s return to the starting line-up could well be the only other change Bielsa makes, so the likes of Jack Harrison, Raphinha, and Patrick Bamford – fresh off a hugely surprising England snub – should keep their places in attack.

Predicted XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Koch, Dallas; Phillips; Raphinha, Klich, Roberts, Harrison; Bamford.

Meanwhile, Leeds must start this “rock” tonight…

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