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[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Leeds XI to face West Ham – Can the Whites beat an in-form Hammers?

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Predicted Leeds United XI to face West Ham in the Premier League

Leeds United take on West Ham in a Friday night kickoff in the Premier League. The Whites are in a bit of a rut as they have only won one of their last 5 games. They got swatted aside by Chelsea in their last encounter despite an early lead.

The Hammers, on the other hand, have fared a bit better and can count themselves a bit unlucky to lose against Manchester United in the last game. A cagey affair can be expected, with both teams going after those 3 points.

Team News

Marcelo Bielsa straight up went ahead and announced his starting XI in his press conference (source – Football.london). With only two injured players in the form of Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, the lineup mentioned by him is as follows.

Leeds United’s French goalkeeper Illan Meslier reacts during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge in London on December 5, 2020. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Probable Leeds XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Illan Meslier (GK)

The young shot-stopper has come under a bit of scrutiny in recent games, with calls for a more experienced presence. Nonetheless, he continues for now.

Stuart Dallas (RB)

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)

A much better performance will be expected from the veteran captain after a few bad games.

Luke Ayling (CB)

Ayling will partner Cooper in central defence as stated by Bielsa.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Leeds United at Goodison Park on November 28, 2020, in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Ezgjan Alioski (LB)

With Ayling having to shift to a more central role, Alioski continues at left-back.

Kalvin Phillips (CDM)

The star man will be vital to Leeds’ fortunes in this game. Needs to be at his imperious best.

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.

Rodrigo Moreno (CM)

Will be involved in a creative role as he will come in for Diego Llorente, as stated by Bielsa.

Leeds United’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Rodrigo (L) celebrates with Leeds United’s English striker Patrick Bamford (R) after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on October 3, 2020. (Photo by JASON CAIRNDUFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Jack Harrison (LW)

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

Raphinha (RW)

The new man will be hoping to continue in place of Helder Costa.

Patrick Bamford (ST)

Seems like Patrick Bamford just keeps scoring and scoring. Should face a sturdy test versus West Ham’s tight-knit defence.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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