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

After crumbling to a hugely disappointing 3-0 defeat to Crawley in the FA Cup third round last week, Leeds United are back in Premier League action when they face Brighton at home.

Marcelo Bielsa rung the changes for the game against the League 2 side, and saw his decision back-fire, with the Whites suffering yet another early exit in the cup.

But things have been far better in the Premier League however, with the Elland Road side having picked up seven wins from 17 in their first campaign back in the top-flight.

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Cooper

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Llorente

And with the visit of the Seagulls on Saturday afternoon, Bielsa is likely to revert back to a stronger looking side. With that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds might line up for the game against Brighton.

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In goal, Illan Meslier will no doubt return inbetween the sticks, with Kiko Casilla having come in and conceded three against Crawley.

Bielsa’s defensive options were reinforced by the return of club captain Liam Cooper last week, but the Leeds boss may opt to partner Luke Ayling with Diego Llorente instead. The Spaniard finally appears to have shaken off his injury, and a home clash might be the perfect time to give him a run-out in the top-flight.

Another major call Bielsa might make is dropping Gjanni Alioski, with the 39-cap left-back enduring a difficult period recently having featured in their previous 11 top-flight fixtures. That could open the door for young Leif Davis to get another crack after appearing against Crawley.

The Whites will be without key man Kalvin Phillips, after the England international picked up his fifth yellow card of the Premier League season against Tottenham and is therefore suspended for Saturday’s game.

That could see Pascal Struijk move back into a more familiar holding role after his recent stint at centre-back in Cooper’s absence.

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Further forward, Bielsa should call upon the regulars once more, with Raphinha and Jack Harrison out wide, and Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo more central.

That will leave the club’s top goal-scorer Patrick Bamford up front.

Predicted XI: Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Llorente, Alioski; Struijk; Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo, Harrison; Bamford.

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