Sam Allardyce could make two changes to his Leeds United side for this weekend’s trip to West Ham United.

The Whites head to the capital knowing it is do or die in terms of Premier League survival as they sit 18th in the table and one point adrift of Everton in safety.

Leeds now have just two matches in which to save themselves this season but will have a clearer picture on what they need to do at West Ham after Saturday’s fixtures.

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Everton make the journey to the West Midlands to face Wolves at Molineux, while Nottingham Forest host Arsenal at the City Ground.

Predicted Leeds XI for West Ham: Forshaw and Cooper return

Leeds will be without the suspended Junior Firpo in the capital and based on Allardyce’s comments in last week’s press conference, Liam Cooper is expected to be fit this weekend.

Cooper could, therefore, come straight back into the side at centre back, pushing Max Wober out onto the left like at Fulham last month.

Rasmus Kristensen and Luke Ayling are likely to make up the remainder of the defence after their impressive showings against Newcastle.

Robin Koch, Weston McKennie and Sam Greenwood was Allardyce’s surprise midfield three last weekend but a disappointing showing from the latter should see him drop back to the bench.

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Adam Forshaw was excellent when he replaced Greenwood at the break and must start at West Ham, with the 31-year-old and Koch providing McKennie with the platform to push forward.

In attack, it is difficult to see Allardyce moving away from a front three of Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo Moreno, despite the troubles of Leeds’ number nine in recent weeks.

Wilfried Gnonto will be pushing to start but he may well be used as an impact substitute again.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Robles; Ayling, Kristensen, Cooper, Wober; Rodrigo, Forshaw, Koch, McKennie, Harrison; Bamford

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