Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will look to bounce back from the opening day defeat to Liverpool against fellow Premier League new boys Fulham.
The Yorkshire side gave a superb account of themselves last week with a narrow 4-3 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s champions at Anfield, and today’s fixture offers them the chance to bounce back and potentially seal a first league win of the season.
Bielsa changed his entire starting XI for the midweek Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Hull and will surely revert to something far more akin to the team that started against Liverpool for the visit of Fulham, with 10 changes anticipated:
Despite Kiko Casilla’s appearance in midweek, Illan Meslier has firmly established himself as number one at Elland Road now and the young ‘keeper is expected to come back in between the sticks.
Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas are both expected to occupy the full-back roles, whilst Bielsa will be sweating on the fitness of Liam Cooper, having had to go with Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch at Anfield a week ago.
The midfield three should look similar to last week against Liverpool with Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich all available, whilst Helder Costa and Jack Harrison will play on the right and left flanks respectively.
In attack, Patrick Bamford was preferred to Rodrigo Moreno at Anfield, but Bielsa may opt to hand the former Valencia striker his first Premier League start of the season after also selecting him against Hull.
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