[Image] Predicted Leeds XI to face Arsenal – Can Bielsa get the Whites back on track?


Predicted Leeds XI to face Arsenal in the Premier League

Leeds United take on Arsenal as both teams resume their Premier League campaigns. Both teams went into the international break with a sour taste in their mouth, suffering losses. Leeds somehow managed to end up being tumbled by Crystal Palace while Arsenal produced a horror show against Aston Villa.

A crucial game for both Marcelo Bielsa and Mikel Arteta as they chase three points and a good start after the break. Expect a tactical masterclass from both managers.

Team News

There will be some good news as Kalvin Phillips as he is well poised to make his long awaited return from his one month injury layoff. Rodrigo Moreno is also likely to return after his COVID diagnosis prior to the international break.

Jamie Shackleton and Gjanni Alioski are doubtful for the game. There is also likely to be an update about Diego Llorente’s injury before the game.

Kalvin Phillips (R) in action against Arsenal in the FA Cup (Getty Images)
Kalvin Phillips (R) in action against Arsenal in the FA Cup (Getty Images)

Probable Leeds XI

Formation: 4-1-4-1

Illan Meslier (GK)

The young shot-stopper has come under a bit of scrutiny in recent games with calls for a more experienced shot-stopper. 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.

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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)

Koch partners Cooper in central defence and needs to improve on his game too.

Luke Ayling (LB)

Ayling will return to his familiar left-back position for this one.

Kalvin Phillips (CDM)

Oh how the team missed him. Now that he is fit again, expect the team to perform much the better.

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.

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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)

Likely to be thrown into the mix straightaway because he was one of their in-form players before being out with COVID.

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 nonetheless will need to provide threat from the wide position.

Patrick Bamford (ST)

Seems like Patrick Bamford just keeps scoring and scoring. Should face a sturdy test versus Arsenal’s sturdy defence though.