Leeds United will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing draw at home to Wolves at the weekend as they face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup tonight.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored a last-minute penalty on Saturday to secure a point, and a win against the Gunners in the cup competition could provide some much-needed positive momentum.
How many changes will Bielsa make to his side? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make five changes to the team from Saturday, with Charlie Cresswell, Crysencio Summerville, Kalvin Phillips, Joe Gelhardt and Tyler Roberts all coming in.
Across the goalkeeper and back four, we are predicting one change to the team as Cresswell comes in to give Diego Llorente a rest. We published this piece explaining why the young defender deserves to start, with this potentially being a huge opportunity for him to catch the eye and work his way into the Premier League setup.
In midfield, Kalvin Phillips could make his return from injury. He was named on the bench against Wolves and he could line up in the holding midfield position, allowing Bielsa to revert back to his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation against the Gunners.
Ahead of the England international, Pascal Struijk could retain his position and find a new partner in the form of Rodrigo. The Spaniard might drop back from his centre-forward role to play in central midfield, a position where he played for Leeds on 13 occasions last season.
Out wide, Summerville and Roberts could play ahead of Jack Harrison and Raphinha. We published an article explaining why the former should be axed from the team, as the £40k-per-week ex-Man City dud struggled at the weekend. The latter suffered an injury against Wolves and we expect that he will be rested ahead of the Premier League clash with Norwich on Sunday.
The final change we are predicting comes in the number nine position. We ran this piece stating that Bielsa must unleash Gelhardt against Arsenal after his impressive cameo against Wolves. The teenage attacker could provide energy and enthusiasm in the final third and should be motivated to work his socks off in an attempt to catch the manager’s eye with a view to further first team outings.
AND in other news, It’s time: Bielsa must unleash 19 y/o Leeds colossus, he’s a “leader”…