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

Off the back of an impressive first-half to the season, Leeds United head into their FA Cup third round clash against Crawley knowing that a cup run could well be the icing on the cake this year.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have more than delivered on their minimum objective of trying to stay in the division, and actually find themselves just six points off the top four at the moment.

The clash against Crawley on Sunday afternoon will give the Leeds boss a chance to go one better than he did last year, when he saw his side exit at the same stage when they lost to Arsenal.

Should Bielsa rest players against Crawley?

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Bielsa will no doubt look to give some of his key first-team stars a rest, and with that in mind, below is a look at how the Whites might line up.

In goal, regular number one Illan Meslier is likely to be rested with Kiko Casilla coming in to take his place in between the sticks.

The back-four is likely to see significant changes, with Bielsa revealing in his pre-match press conference that both Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente could be available to play.

The Leeds boss did suggest that Cooper was in more of a condition to feature, and that could see him partner Pascal Struijk in the back-line, with Luke Ayling given the afternoon off.

Either side, Stuart Dallas, and 21-year-old starlet Leif Davis may get the chance to impress.

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Kalvin Phillips’ suspension for the game against Brighton means there will be absolutely no reason for him not to start in the cup, and he could be joined by Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton.

Further forward, Helder Costa and Ian Poveda may come in from the side-lines to stake their claim for a first-team spot, whilst Bielsa may wish to unleash summer signing Rodrigo in the number nine role.

Predicted XI: Casilla; Dallas, Cooper, Struijk, Davis; Phillips, Shackleton, Hernandez; Costa, Rodrigo, Poveda.

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