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Rodrigo starts, no Harrison: Predicted Leeds XI vs Hull in the EFL Cup

Leeds United are back in action at Elland Road for the first time in this new campaign but it comes in the form of the EFL Cup second round.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will host League One outfit Hull City and the Argentine will surely ring the changes for this one with Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Prediction for Leeds vs Hull?

Leeds win

Leeds win

Hull win

Hull win

Draw

Draw

At the weekend, the Whites kickstarted their Premier League return with a bang, narrowly losing 4-3 to the champions, Liverpool.

So here’s how we think the Yorkshire giants could line up this evening…

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There could be as many as seven changes as Bielsa gives valuable game time to those that need it – it’s going to be one long season in the top-flight either way.

Between the sticks, veteran Kiko Casilla is handed an opportunity in the place of this season’s first-choice Illan Meslier whilst the back four keeps both vice-captain Luke Ayling and summer arrival Robin Koch.

They could be joined by skipper Liam Cooper, who missed the trip to Anfield late on after failing a fitness test, and Barry Douglas at left-back with Pascal Struijk once again taking up Kalvin Phillips’ anchor role in his likely absence.

Mateusz Klich is another who keeps his place amongst the starting XI, this time pairing Jamie Shackleton instead of Pablo Hernandez.

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While on the wings, it’s all change with 20-year-old prospect Ian Poveda and usual backup Gjanni Alioski being dealt rare starts with Helder Costa and Jack Harrison dropping to the bench.

Patrick Bamford also joins them as a substitute with Bielsa opting to give £26m signing Rodrigo a valuable run-out instead. He was described as “extraordinary footballer” by former Barcelona boss Quique Setien, so it’s time the Elland Road faithful got a glimpse of that tonight.

AND in other news, Orta set for transfer blunder as mooted target edges towards a new club…

Article title: Rodrigo starts, no Harrison: Predicted Leeds XI vs Hull in the EFL Cup

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