By David Woods

13th Jan, 2021 | 8:30am

MOT View: 27yo to get first start after Phil Hay reveal, 9 changes – Predicted Leeds XI v Brighton

Right, let’s forget about the last Leeds United game and look forward to Brighton, a winnable game that would see us move 12 points clear of our ‘direct rivals’.

That was the phrase used by Brighton last summer when they point-blank refused to do business with us over Ben White.

Poor White has since been used as a midfielder by Graham Potter, while Brighton hover just one place above the relegation zone.

White might be out on Saturday after coming off in Brighton’s FA Cup win with a knock.

Potter is also going to be without four first-team players.

Leeds have to cope without Kalvin Phillips, who misses this game through suspension.

Pascal Struijk was primed for the defensive midfield role against Crawley, although that game didn’t give any sort of clue as to how he’ll perform there on Saturday.

27-year-old Diego Llorente is fit and he was pulled from the Under-23s game in preparation for the Brighton game.

That suggests to us that he’ll get his first start in the game after playing 80 minutes against Chelsea. If he does then Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling can move to the left and right-back positions.

If he doesn’t then Ayling should carry on in the centre of defence, with Gjanni Alioski on the left and Dallas on the right.

The rest of the team picks itself, with Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford returning after being rested.

Jack Harrison and Raphinha will play on the wings, with Rodrigo in the number 10 position. Pablo Hernandez will have to make do with a place on the bench.

Here’s the side that we think can take the three points against Brighton at Elland Road on Saturday…

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