Leeds United host relegation rivals Norwich City in what is a massive six-pointer at Elland Road this afternoon, and it will be interesting to see what sort of lineup manager Jesse Marsch opts for in his third game at the helm.
His new side have lost six on the bounce in the Premier League and head into this crunch match low on confidence, sitting only two points above the drop zone.
The American will be without as many as five first-team players after Junior Firpo was the latest player to pick up an injury, having been stretchered off in midweek.
He joins the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Tyler Roberts and Leo Hjelde on the treatment table.
After a defeat to Villa on Thursday night, here’s the XI we may see from Marsch today…
There could be three changes from the side that tasted defeat only a few days ago.
With no Firpo, the 48-year-old has already pretty much confirmed that Stuart Dallas will be filling in at left-back, so we are expecting vice-captain Luke Ayling to revert back to his natural right-back role.
“He’s probably a 6. That’s probably his best position. We’ve asked him to play right-back and now we’re gonna ask them play left-back but he’s incredibly intelligent and a good player that he can manage that,” he told reporters (via the Yorkshire Evening Post).
It could result in a return to the side for Diego Llorente, who was named on the bench last time out, and he is likely to partner Pascal Struijk in the heart of the defence, in front of reliable shot-stopper Illan Meslier.
Robin Koch is expected to remain in midfield in the absence of Phillips, sitting alongside Adam Forshaw. There could also be a recall for Mateusz Klich, who may take the place of Rodrigo, who was abysmal against Villa.
Jack Harrison is another facing the axe but there’s a big call to make over the frontline. Patrick Bamford returned from injury but still may not be ready for a start, so the nod goes to young striker Joe Gelhardt up top.
He joins Raphinha and Dan James in the attack.
Predicted Leeds XI (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Dallas, Struijk, Llorente, Ayling; Forshaw, Koch; James, Klich, Raphinha; Gelhardt.
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