Leeds United will be desperate to continue their excellent return to the Premier League on Monday night as Marcelo Bielsa’s men take on Leicester City at Elland Road – and the Argentine manager has a number of decisions to make.
Leeds come into the match in high spirits and will be well-rested after a 3-0 away win over Aston Villa, which saw Patrick Bamford score a sensational hat-trick. The uncapped Englishman now has six goals in six Premier League appearances.
Leicester, though, are also in good form. They have won their last three matches – securing six Europa League points from their first two group games against Zorya and AEK Athens. They also beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a late Jamie Vardy header.
However, the Foxes do have their injury problems. Wilfried Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu have joined Daniel Amartey in being long-term absentees due to substantial injuries – while Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne are also out injured.
Experienced defender Jonny Evans is expected to return to the side, but it sees the core of Leicester’s side missing. Leeds, meanwhile, have Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente on the sidelines after Bielsa confirmed the return of Liam Cooper.
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The captain is expected to be Bielsa’s only change ahead of Monday night’s clash, but question marks remain over who the £750,000 (Leeds Live) signing will replace. Pascal Struijk came off midway through the first half last week.
He could retain his starting spot though, while Gjanni Alioski may also miss out. At LeedsUnited.News, we believe it will be the latter to miss out – while Struijk will be given another chance to shine in Phillips’ absence.