Forshaw to start, Klich and Koch dropped: Leeds United predicted XI v Everton
Marcelo Bielsa is predicted to make two changes to his starting line-up when Leeds United take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Leeds did well to come from behind to draw 3-3 against Aston Villa on Wednesday but with players returning to fitness, we expect Bielsa to hand returns to his starting line-up to Adam Forshaw and Junior Firpo.
As a result, Mateusz Klich and Robin Koch are likely to be axed to the bench so that Stuart Dallas can move into the middle of the park to partner Forshaw, who came off the bench at Villa Park this week after a short-term injury.
As for Firpo, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported on Monday [7 February] that the ex-Barcelona left-back should feature against Everton at Goodison Park.
The rest of Leeds’ line-up – as well as the formation – could be unchanged with Illan Meslier in goals.
Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk and Firpo are predicted to make up the defence with Liam Cooper still out injured until March.
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Kalvin Phillips is also out until next month so Dallas and Forshaw are predicted to start in the heart of the midfield with the senior duo of Klich and Koch having to make do with a spot on the bench.
Those two did well against Villa on Wednesday but Bielsa’s preference is surely to have Dallas and Forshaw in the middle while he may also be tempted to rotate his options a bit.
Leeds’ attack is predicted to stay the same despite a laboured performance by a very clearly tired Raphinha.
The Brazil international could start on the right-with with Rodrigo in the No 10 role and Jack Harrison on the left.
After two goals at Villa, there’s every chance Daniel James will start in the centre-forward position again.
In other Leeds United news, a BBC pundit was stunned by a “crazy” incident involving a Leeds player at Villa Park.