Predicted XI

How Leeds could line-up against Sheffield United

Marcelo Bielsa's side have been exciting to watch so far and he is notoriously loyal to his starting XI, meaning the team won't change much

 
7:30am on Saturday 26th September 2020
By
Paul Macdonald

Leeds have been one of the most exciting promoted sides in recent times, having been involved in a 4-3 win (versus Fulham) and 4-3 loss (versus Liverpool) in the opening rounds of the season.

And coach Marcelo Bielsa is still adding to his squad, bringing in defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad this week for a fee of £18m.

It's unclear whether Llorente will be ready to go straight into his new side and Bielsa will likely opt to retain the partnership of Robin Koch and Liam Cooper in the centre.

Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas will start in the full-back positions with Kalvin Phillips in holding midfield in Bielsa's 4-1-4-1 formation.

Helder Costa and Jack Harrison have both stepped up a level with distinction so far and are certain starts on right and left respectively.

And Patrick Bamford, much-maligned by Leeds fans for his poor conversion rate, has two goals in two games and will certainly start up top, while Mateusz Klich, a Bielsa favourite, will be in behind.

The final spot is harder to predict. Rodrigo was taken off at half-time in the Fulham match and he still may be acclimatising to the league after so long in Spain. As a result, Bielsa may opt for Tyler Roberts in that spot.

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