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Bielsa to go unchanged from Saturday’s win? How we think Leeds could line up vs Reading

Marcelo Bielsa has managed to take Leeds United back to the Premier League after the club's 16-year absence from the top flight (Getty Images)
Marcelo Bielsa has managed to take Leeds United back to the Premier League after the club's 16-year absence from the top flight (Getty Images)

Leeds United Prediction: Probable XI to face Reading

Leeds United welcome Mark Bowen’s Reading at Elland Road on Saturday aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship. The Whites’ home form has been one of the positives this season, which has seen Marcelo Bielsa’s side keep the pressure on league leaders West Brom heading into the final stages of the season.

Reading, meanwhile, are 15th in the table and come into this contest on the back of a fantastic 3-0 away victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

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Leeds United have no fresh injury problems ahead of the Reading game.

Leeds United Prediction: Probable XI

Formation: 4-1-4-1

Kiko Casilla (GK)

A clean sheet against Bristol City in the last game should have given Casilla a lot of confidence. He’ll keep his place in goal on Saturday.

Luke Ayling (RB)

Scored a goal in the first half against Bristol City which turned out to be the winner for the Whites. Ayling will start at right-back against Reading.

Ben White of Leeds United reacts to the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on January 01, 2020 in West Bromwich, England. (Getty Images)
Ben White of Leeds United reacts to the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on January 01, 2020 in West Bromwich, England. (Getty Images)

Ben White (CB)

White has been a vital part of Leeds’ bid to earn promotion to the Premier League this season under Marcelo Bielsa, with the defender making 33 appearances in the Championship so far. He is a certainty to start at the weekend.

Liam Cooper (CB)

Partnering White at the back will be Cooper and the duo will aim to keep a clean sheet at Elland Road.

Stuart Dallas (LB)

Dallas has been a consistent performer for Leeds United this season. He’s a certainty to retain his spot in Bielsa’s starting XI at the weekend.

Kalvin Phillips (CDM)

Phillips is crucial to Bielsa’s system as he brings stability and steel to the engine room. The Englishman will look to keep things tidy against Reading.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips in action. (Getty Images)
Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips in action. (Getty Images)

Helder Costa (RW)

A tricky wide-man, Costa will look to cause all kinds of problems to the Reading defenders.

Pablo Hernandez (RCM)

Hernandez has not been in great form this term, failing to impact games as he would have liked to. Yet, the Spanish midfielder is the senior-most player in the squad and will start at Elland Road.

Mateusz Klich (LCM)

Klich adds energy and vigour to Leeds’ midfield. The Pole will be key in opening up Reading’s defence on Saturday.

Jack Harrison shoots the ball. (Getty Images)
Jack Harrison shoots the ball. (Getty Images)

Jack Harrison (LW)

With five goals and six assists, Harrison has nailed down his position on the left flank. He’s a definite starter.

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Patrick Bamford (ST)

Bamford is lacking confidence at the moment, having scored only once in his last 10 games. Yet, Bielsa should continue with the Englishman in the No.9 role.

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