Leeds vs Southampton Championship Playoff Final Predicted Lineups: Likely XI for both teams

Here are the predicted lineups for the upcoming EFL Championship Playoff Final between Leeds and Southampton on Sunday.

 
6:15am on Sunday 26th May 2024
By
Jake Skudder

As Leeds United and Southampton prepare for the highly anticipated Championship Playoff Final, fans and pundits alike are speculating on the likely starting lineups for both teams.

This crucial match, set to determine which team secures an immediate return to the Premier League, promises to be a thrilling encounter at Wembley Stadium.

Leeds United Predicted Lineup

Key Players and Formations

Leeds United, under the management of Daniel Farke, have demonstrated resilience and attacking prowess throughout the season.

The team will be eager to field their strongest XI to overcome Southampton, which could look as follows:

Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Ampadu, Firpo; Gruev, Kamara; Gnonto, Rutter, Summerville; Piroe

Injury Updates

Leeds will be without long-term absentee Pascal Struijk (groin). However, Patrick Bamford may return from a knee injury, bolstering their attacking options.

Wilfried Gnonto is expected to start after recovering from a knock, while Stuart Dallas has sadly retired due to injury.

Southampton Predicted Lineup

Key Players and Formations

Southampton, managed by Russell Martin, have shown consistent performances this season, particularly in their decisive semi-final victory over West Brom.

They will aim to capitalize on their form with a strong lineup, which could look as follows:

McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Stephens; Downes, Smallbone, Aribo, Brooks, Armstrong, Fraser

Injury Updates

Southampton have been managing several injuries. Key striker Che Adams, who missed the semi-final against West Brom due to a calf issue, is expected to be fit for the final.

Ross Stewart should also be available despite a recent knock. However, Gavin Bazunu, Juan Larios, and Stuart Armstrong are sidelined.

For all of the analysis of Leeds vs Southampton as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

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