Leeds United regulars drop out as Marcelo Bielsa surprises Crystal Palace – .

Leeds United regulars drop out as Marcelo Bielsa surprises Crystal Palace – .

Leeds United will face Crystal Palace at Elland Road tonight, hoping to replicate the 2-0 scoreline at that pitch earlier in the year.
The Whites beat Palace at home as they started an impressive end-of-season run in the 2020/21 campaign.

However, that result looks a lot less popular tonight, with Leeds remaining out of the relegation zone due to Burnley’s home game with Tottenham Hotspur succumbing to bad weather last weekend.

United have achieved just one home league win since May as they prepare for tonight’s kick-off at 8:15 p.m.

Elsewhere, Marcelo Bielsa saw two Leeds United mainstays come back from injury last night, as Patrick Bamford saw the full 90 minutes while Luke Ayling played the first half in a 3-2 loss to U23’s. Manchester City.

Neither are included in the squad tonight as their recovery is being carefully managed.

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Leeds are looking to bounce back from a happy 0-0 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend – a score they perhaps didn’t deserve to earn on the scales of odds.

Bielsa has named the usual suspects in her starting XI tonight: Illan Meslier, Stuart Dallas, Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Kalvin Phillips are all part of the roster, while Raphinha retains her spot after returning from illness on the south coast.

Daniel James led the line at Brighton and may well do so once again tonight as he too is named in the XI.

Rodrigo gives up, somewhat unexpectedly, with Tyler Roberts taking his place. The Spaniard has been somewhat of a regular at Bielsa whenever he’s been fit, replacing Bamford for big games this season.

Jack Harrison also starts off the bench with Mateusz Klich parachuted into the starting lineup.

Junior Firpo was substituted at halftime on Saturday night, grappling with the pace and direct approach of Seagulls full back Tariq Lamptey. He falls on the bench tonight, with the return of Pascal Struijk from the start.

With Palace conceding ten goals from set pieces this season, fans are hopeful that Struijk’s considerable physical advantages can help the team capitalize on dead ball situations.

Leeds United XI : Meslier ; Dallas, Llorente, Cooper, Struijk ; Phillips, Forshaw, Klich; Raphinha, Roberts, James

Sous-titres : Klaesson, Cresswell, Rodrigo, Gelhardt, Summerville, Shackleton, Firpo, Jenkins, Harrison


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