Leeds have a tough day ahead of them as they look to rectify their recent dip in form and get back on track in their returning Premier League season. The Whites will host Arsenal at Elland Road this afternoon, who are currently just two points ahead of them in the table.
A win will be a must for both sides and neither can afford to put a foot wrong. Spurred on by their north London rivals’ win over Manchester City, Mikel Arteta and his men will come out the blocks all guns blazing, so Leeds must arrive prepared.
The international break has hopefully allowed Marcelo Bielsa time to reassess his options and see some key players return to fitness. With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast has predicted the Argentinian to set up this afternoon…
Thanks to a promising boost from Bielsa in his latest press conference, Leeds could finally welcome back Kalvin Phillips after he has been on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. Providing he is fully fit, he will undoubtedly return to the starting lineup and the manager will resort to his 4-1-4-1 staple.
Without needing to play three at the back, Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas can return to their comfortable positions as full-backs to support regular choices Liam Cooper and Robin Koch.
Ahead of Phillips in the midfield could see a couple of changes from the recent defeat against Crystal Palace. Tyler Roberts made brief cameo appearances for Wales during the international break. In just three minutes against the Republic of Ireland, the 21-year-old created a goalscoring opportunity and made one key pass (via Sofascore).
Bielsa could opt to spice up his engine room and give Roberts his first start in four games. Playing alongside Mateusz Klich will allow him to roam forward and help Patrick Bamford pile the pressure on the Arsenal backline.
With regular choice Jack Harrison on the left-wing, we could see him paired up with Ian Poveda on the right rather than Helder Costa. The £70,000 per week summer signing was responsible for an own goal against Palace and has tallied just one assist in his last six appearances for the Whites. A fresh injection of personnel could be what Bielsa needs in order to grab this match by the scruff of the neck and bank three points.