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Preview: Leeds United XI vs City – latest team & injury news, predicted XI

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side head into Tuesday evening’s Premier League clash with Manchester City in something of a slump in form, having won just two of their last ten league outings, leaving the Whites down in 15th place in the top flight rankings.

And, with a considerable amount of injuries currently plaguing his first-team squad, the 66-year-old Leeds manager has once again been left with very little up his sleeve regarding team selection for the trip to the Etihad, with Pep Guardiola’s top of the table City side surely being confident of taking all three points against their depleted opponent.

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So, how will the Argentine coach line up his team against Manchester City this evening? Here’s how we think the Leeds starting XI could look, along with the latest team and injury news.

Leeds XI vs Man City

With Bielsa confirming in his pre-match press conference that none of Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Patrick Bamford, Pascal Struijk, Robin Koch or Rodrigo Moreno have recovered from the injuries that saw them sit out the Chelsea game on Saturday, we predict that the 66-year-old will make three changes to the team that started at Stamford Bridge last time out.

The first of these comes in the back four, with 19-year-old centre-back Charlie Cresswell – who Joe Wainman claimed should be a “mainstay” in the Leeds side – coming in alongside Diego Llorente, a switch which also sees Luke Ayling move back to the right-hand side of the defence.

In the middle of the park, both £60k-per-week Jack Harrison and Jamie Shackleton drop out of the XI after relatively poor showings against the Blues, with Stuart Dallas moving from right-back to central midfield, while Mateusz Klich also makes a return to the side.

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Finally, in attack, the £22k-per-week Tyler Roberts – who Gabriel Agbonlahor dubbed “shocking” – makes way for 19-year-old sensation Joe Gelhardt – who is more than deserving of a start following his display against Thomas Tuchel’s side last weekend – while Daniel James and Raphinha move back to more familiar positions on the left and right-wing respectively.

In other news: “Never seen an injury like that” – Bielsa drops big Leeds update that’ll terrify fans

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