Leeds will look to expand on their draw against Arsenal last weekend with a win over Everton this evening. The Toffees will play host to Marcelo Bielsa and his men, who are currently 14th in the Premier League table.
There’s currently just five points between the two sides so it will be all to play for as neither manager will want to come away with anything but a win. The Whites will certainly view this as a match they can capitalise on after the club confirmed Lucas Digne must undergo ankle ligament surgery following an injury in training.
However, Leeds have some injury problems of their own and will be without Jamie Shackleton, Diego Llorente and Pablo Hernandez. With this in mind, here’s how Football FanCast has predicted Bielsa to set up against Everton…
The Elland Road faithful will be hoping that their side can scoop all three points on the road today. Bielsa isn’t likely to change too much from the side that put Arsenal to the sword, but a few tweaks here and there could be on the cards.
Stuart Dallas started in midfield last time out so he could shift back into defence where he is most comfortable. The boost of having Kalvin Phillips back will carry through as he is set for another start since his return.
With space in midfield, the boss could hand Ian Poveda his first Premier League start for the club. Although he is a right-winger by trade, he recently took the place of Shackleton against Leicester and put in a solid shift in a more central role. This could be an avenue Bielsa chooses to explore a bit more, pairing the £10,000 per week youngster up with the clinical Helder Costa.
Everton’s left side of their defence will be weakened without Digne and today is the perfect opportunity for the duo to attack.
Having two pacy, skilful players in the midfield will boost Patrick Bamford’s chances of finding the back of the net. Jordan Pickford is known to have an error in him and Leeds can exploit this by applying pressure on him and Carlo Ancelotti’s backline.
A win on Merseyside will be a huge step in the right direction for the Whites, who are desperate to survive their first season back in the Premier League.