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Leeds’ predicted line-up vs West Ham in the Premier League

After falling to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last time out in the Premier League, Leeds are back in action when they take on West Ham on Monday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side lost to the Hammers 2-1 in the reverse fixture at Elland Road back in December, with an early Mateusz Klich penalty cancelled out by Tomas Soucek, before Angelo Ogbonna struck the winner for the away side with just ten minutes to go.

The Leeds boss made a couple of changes to his team for the defeat against Villa, and could well do the same again for the Hammers, but some late injury news could give him a massive boost ahead of the game.

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And with that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds might line up when they make the trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Monday night.

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In goal, Illan Meslier should keep his place in between the sticks, with his agent being the topic of conversation earlier last week after opening up about the Frenchman’s long-term future at the club.

The back-four in front of him should also remain unchanged, with Diego Llorente finally beginning to get a run of games under his belt after an injury-riddled debut campaign in English football – the Spaniard is in line for his third successive Premier League start tonight.

The big injury news concerns talisman Kalvin Phillips, with The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealing that the England international is with the Leeds squad travelling down to London, and that he is “likely to start tonight”.

With Phillips back into the side, that could see Pascal Struijk drop out to leave the 25-year-old to take back his usual place in front of the back-four.

The midfield could also see further change with Rodrigo in place to start too after Hay’s reveal that the Spaniard is also with the squad, while Pablo Hernandez could partner his compatriot what with Mateusz Klich’s poor form surely warranting him being dropped.

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Out wide, the £70k-a-week earning Helder Costa should also be axed with Jack Harrison returning, while Raphinha and Patrick Bamford will keep their places in a much-changed starting line-up.

Predicted XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips, Raphinha, Hernandez, Rodrigo, Harrison; Bamford.

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