Liam Cooper to be axed as Jesse Marsch fights for his job - Leeds United predicted XI v Bournemouth
Jesse Marsch is set to make some big calls for his starting lineup as Leeds United take on Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday (5 November).
The Whites ended an eight-game winless run when they earned a stoppage-time victory over Liverpool at Anfield last time out, moving them out of the relegation zone and buying Marsch some time in the job.
But with another must-win game against relegation contenders Bournemouth up next, the boss must pick the right team to get a result while also carrying over the momentum of the last game
In goal Illan Meslier was the stand out performer last time around and will keep his place in the team once again, with his place in the starting lineup cemented at the club.
Rasmus Kristensen has made the right-back spot his own ahead of Luke Ayling since joining in the summer and should continue his impressive form in the team at Elland Road, while Pascal Struijk is now firmly first-choice at left-back too.
Robin Koch has been excellent in the centre of defence this season and is one of the first names on the team sheet these days, but his partner is up for grabs.
Liam Cooper started at Anfield but really struggled despite the positive result, so it should be an opportunity for Diego Llorente to get back in the side and stake a claim for a regular spot.
Marc Roca and Tyler Adams are the guaranteed first-choice starters in midfield, and with Mateusz Klich featuring for the Under-21’s on Tuesday night it seems unlikely that he’s going to get a rare start in the side.
Adams recovered quickly from an injury to play at Anfield and turned in a wonderful performance, so there should be no concerns about whether he’s capable or not.
Further forward in attack Crysencio Summerville got the nod at Anfield and responded with the winning goal, making it two in two games after his late consolation against Fulham the week prior.
He should continue in the side such is his good form, with the left wing spot open for him to claim regularly should his performances persist.
Brenden Aaronson is a favourite of Marsch’s and has started every Premier League game so far this season, and his performance against Liverpool was good enough that he should continue in his preferred role on the right.
Spaniard Rodrigo has been a decent performer in attack too and is the club’s top scorer this season, but the majority of his goals have come playing behind the striker so he should move into that role once more.
Ahead of him Patrick Bamford continues to search for his first goal of 2022, but he’s fitter and sharper than he’s been at any point this season and this could be the perfect opportunity for him to get that goal, ahead of Jack Harrison who could drop to the bench.
Leeds United predicted XI v Bournemouth: Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk; Roca, Adams; Aaronson, Rodrigo, Summerville; Bamford
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