Team predictions

Rodrigo benched: The Leeds United XI Marcelo Bielsa should field v Newcastle United

|
Image for Rodrigo benched: The Leeds United XI Marcelo Bielsa should field v Newcastle United

Marcelo Bielsa is looking to guide Leeds United to a third straight Premier League win this weekend when they take on Newcastle United at Elland Road.

Leeds have beaten Burnley and West Ham in the Premier League already in 2022, moving nine points clear of the relegation zone heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.

That’s impressive given the injury troubles the South American is having to juggle at the moment, with Leeds’ squad remaining threadbare.

As our graphic shows, there’s no Liam Cooper or Kalvin Phillips again, whilst Patrick Bamford has a fresh foot problem. Adam Forshaw and Junior Firpo are unable to feature after limping out of last weekend’s win against West Ham.

Diego Llorente, though, should be available to return from suspension, forming part of the defensive unit ahead of Illan Meslier.

Llorente’s inclusion alongside Pascal Struijk in defence allows Luke Ayling to move out to right-back, whilst Leo Hjelde should come in at left-back after replacing Firpo last week.

Robin Koch continues to anchor the midfield, with Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich operating ahead of him. The inclusion of Hjelde means that there’s no need to reshuffle and risk Rodrigo, who should be utilised off the bench.

Jack Harrison and Raphinha will, naturally, continue out wide, whilst Daniel James should lead the line after a decent outing against the Hammers last week.

Despite a heavy injury list still impacting Leeds, Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt should be able to offer some attacking depth on the bench, alongside Rodrigo.

Share this article

Leeds United Season Ticket Holder at Elland Road for 20 seasons. Currently nestled in N12, but occasionally offering views from the press box. We’ve been through it all together? You bet.