By Craig Scott

11th Feb, 2022 | 12:40pm

Adam Forshaw to start as Marcelo Bielsa confirms team news: Leeds United predicted XI v Everton

Junior Firpo’s absence this weekend means Marcelo Bielsa is predicted to make just one change to his Leeds United starting line-up against Everton.

Leeds will travel to Goodison Park on Saturday without the ex-Barcelona left-back, who won’t be available until the Manchester United showdown next Sunday.

Speaking on Friday [11 February], Bielsa also confirmed that the game against Everton has come too soon for Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper.

“[Firpo is] healthy but we’re not going to anticipate his return. He will return next week,” said Bielsa when talking about Firpo, as shown live on Leeds’ Twitter account.

Bielsa added: “Phillips, Cooper, Firpo and Bamford as in the game against Villa, won’t be considered.”

As a result of the injury update, we only foresee one change from the Leeds side that drew at Aston Villa on Wednesday and that’s for Adam Forshaw to come in and replace Mateusz Klich in the heart of the midfield.

Forshaw, 30, returned from injury as a substitute at Villa Park and Klich, 31, is predicted to be axed to the bench.

Elsewhere in the side, we’re predicting Illan Meslier to start in goals behind an unchanged back-four of Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk and Stuart Dallas.

We’re guessing Robin Koch will keep his place over Klich in the starting line-up because Everton might opt to play with two up front in Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Bielsa has been known to switch to a back-three when he faces teams who double up in the striker area.

Forshaw is predicted to replace the Poland international as a result while the rest of the team is likely to stay the same: Raphinha on the right-wing, Jack Harrison on the left-wing, Rodrigo in the No 10 role and Daniel James up front.

In other Leeds United news, an ex-FIFA official was stunned by what a fan said about a major incident in the draw at Villa.