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

After sealing a 2-1 win over Fulham last time out in the Premier League just before the international break, Leeds are back in action when they take on Sheffield United at Elland Road on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side picked up a morale-boosting victory over the Cottagers after going on a run of three games without a win in the top flight, and they will surely fancy their chances of making it back-to-back wins when the league’s bottom club come to town.

The Blades made the decision to part with Chris Wilder, and it’s former Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom who now finds himself in the hotseat at Bramall Lane.

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Despite the win over Fulham, Bielsa may look to make a couple of changes for the visit of the Blades, and could look to take advantage of the fact that a few of his key players appear to have recovered from injury just in time for Saturday.

With that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds line up when they take on Sheffield United.

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In goal, Illan Meslier should keep his place in between the sticks amid growing rumours surrounding the likes of PSG being interested in making a big-money for him come the summer transfer window.

The back four could see one key change, with the £6.3m-rated Pascal Struijk likely to make way amid some late injury boosts. The Athletic’s Phil Hay confirmed ahead of the game that club captain Liam Cooper is fit after recovering from his knock, while summer signing Robin Koch is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after making a brief cameo against Fulham last time out.

Bielsa may opt to go with Koch just to get him match-fit again, with a clash against the Premier League’s bottom side the perfect chance to ease him back.

It would certainly be a big gamble to partner both of his summer signings at the back, but it may well be a tantalising glimpse of the future at the Elland Road.

The other gamble could be in midfield, where Tyler Roberts could make way for the recently returning Rodrigo, with the Spain international having recently moved to dismiss speculation suggesting that he’s currently unhappy at Elland Road and wants to leave.

That could be the only other change Bielsa makes, so the likes of Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford should keep their places as they look to put the Blades to the sword.

Predicted XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Koch; Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Dallas, Rodrigo, Harrison; Bamford.

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