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[Image] Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds XI to face Aston Villa – Can Bielsa stop the in-form Villans?

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Predicted Leeds United XI to face Aston Villa in the Premier League

Leeds United take on Aston Villa in a Friday kickoff in the Premier League. Marco Bielsa’s men suffered a narrow loss against Wolves and will need to find a way to somehow stop the steamroller that Aston Villa are looking like this season.

The Villans haven’t lost one game and don’t look close to one soon. It will take a masterclass from the master tactician to end Aston Villa’s run.

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Leeds received a massive setback when they learnt that Kalvin Phillips will be out for about a month with a shoulder injury. Diego Llorente still remains out for a while but Adam Foreshaw is just a minor doubt. Liam Cooper might be pushed into the game sooner than he should have but with defensive options running thin, Bielsa’s hands are tied.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Kalvin Phillips of Leeds during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on October 19, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Probable Leeds XI

Formation: 4-1-4-1

Ilian Meslier (GK)

Meslier retains his spot between the sticks despite conceding a goal in the last game.

Stuart Dallas (LB)

The versatile man just has to keep switching from defence to midfield and vice-versa. Nonetheless, he does keep adjusting well to those transitions.

Liam Cooper (CB)

As mentioned earlier, a half-fit Cooper could well end up starting this game.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham controls the ball as Robin Koch of Leeds United looks on during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on September 19, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff – Pool/Getty Images)

Robin Koch (CB)

Will be the central most defender and is bound to have his hands full with Ollie Watkins.

Luke Ayling (RB)

Ayling should start in his familiar right-back role once again.

Pascal Struijk (CDM)

Will be required to cover for the talismanic Kalvin Phillips in defensive midfield.

Mateusz Klich (CM)

Another important player for the team with his endless bags of energy. Winning his midfield battle with the opposite number will be vital.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Rodrigo Moreno of Leeds United
celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road on October 03, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Rodrigo Moreno (CM)

Started his stint with the club well and will be hoping to get back on the score sheet but will have to play lower than his usual position.

Jack Harrison (LM)

The speedy winger will be vital to Leeds’ progression on the wings.

Helder Costa (RM)

Switches to a more withdrawn role but will need to provide threat from the wide position.

Patrick Bamford (ST)

It’s been a good start to the season for the former Chelsea man and with 3 goals in the last 5 league games, you would fancy him to get on the scoresheet again.

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