Bielsa should start this key player – Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United XI to face Bristol City


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Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United XI to face Bristol City in the Championship

Leeds United were thrashed 4-1 by West Brom away from home before the international break and the Peacocks will be looking to get their campaign back on track this weekend when they play host to Bristol City.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men sit 3rd in the Championship standings, three points behind league leaders Norwich City and they will need to claim all three points to keep the pressure on their rivals at the top of the table.

Bristol City sit 13th in the standings and they will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing three on a trot in the Championship.

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Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford are long-term absentees while young striker Ryan Edmondson is yet to recover full fitness.

Pontus Jansson is doubtful to feature this weekend and his selection will be subject to a late fitness test while Gaetano Berardi is also ruled out with a hamstring injury. Tom Pearce is unlikely to make it to Saturday’s game due to a bruised metatarsal.

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Formation: 4-1-4-1

Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

Predicted XI

1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (GK)

He made some bizarre errors against West Brom but should aim to put in a solid shift between the sticks for this one.

2. Stuart Dallas (RB)

Was caught out at the back several times in the last game and he will need to improve to keep his place in the eleven for the subsequent games.

3. Conor Shaughnessy (CB)

The injury to Pontus Jansson might open the door for the young Irishman to get a start.

4. Liam Cooper (CB)

He wasn’t at the top of his game in the last outing and he will need to step up his game to add solidity to the heart of the defence in the absence of Jansson.

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5. Barry Douglas (LB)

The former Wolves man was the pick of the backline in the last game and played some good passes going up front.

6. Kalvin Phillips (CDM)

He wasn’t at his usual best against West Brom and he must do better this weekend.

7. Adam Forshaw (LCM)

The Everton academy product had a positive impact on the proceedings in the midfield with his crisp passing and created a few chances in the final third.

8. Mateusz Klich (RCM)

He made some good runs from the deeper areas in the last game but was at fault for giving the ball away at times and he will need to show some improvement this time around.

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9. Pablo Hernandez (RM)

The Spaniard has done well for the Peacocks this season and continues to be one of the mainstays of their attack.

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10. Ezgjan Alioski (LM)

The Macedonian international did not have much of an impact in the last game and will be expected to do better things this week.

11. Kemar Roofe (ST)

The Englishman has been one of the cornerstones of the Peacocks’ successful season so far and a lot will rest on his shoulders once again.

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