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Predicted Leeds XI to face Leicester

Leeds host Leicester at Elland Road in the Premier League today as they look to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three.

A 2-1 win away at Carrow Road lifted them out of the relegation zone last weekend and Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping for a similar result against the Foxes.

Raphinha and Rodrigo scored the all-important goals against Norwich, but will the Argentine head coach go with the same team?

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How many changes will Bielsa make? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with Cody Drameh, Mateusz Klich and Joe Gelhardt coming into the XI.

Starting in the defence, Drameh could come in at right-back for Jamie Shackleton, who is an injury doubt after being taken off against the Canaries. Drameh came on in the match to make his first Premier League appearance and, with Luke Ayling out, could be set to start.

In terms of the formation, Bielsa could switch back to a 4-1-4-1 instead of the 3-3-3-1 employed against Norwich in Norfolk. Daniel Farke’s men threatened to expose the gaps between the central defenders and the midfield looked far from secure, which could tempt the head coach to add some support to Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the park.

In order to make this switch, Dan James could be axed from the team to allow Jack Harrison to keep his place out on the left and Klich to come in as a central midfielder. The £52k-per-week dud only created one chance against Norwich and missed a glorious opportunity to score as his fairly weak effort was cleared off the line by Grant Hanley after he beat Tim Krul on the dribble.

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Alongside Klich in midfield, Bielsa could hand a start to young talent Joe Gelhardt. We published an article explaining why the ex-Wigan man should be given the nod and Pascal Struijk could be cut from the team in order to make it happen. The teenager has shown promise off the bench, winning a penalty against Wolves, and could provide some spark in the final third.

Illan Meslier, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Diego Llorente, Phillips, Raphinha, Harrison and Rodrigo make up the rest of the side, with eight players retaining their places in the starting XI.

AND in other news, Bielsa must finally unleash “absolutely outrageous” Leeds gem, can be a game-changer…

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