By Mark Smith

13th May, 2022 | 9:10am

MOT View: Patrick Bamford risk must be taken - Predicted Leeds United starting XI v Brighton

Leeds United take on Brighton at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon [15 May] knowing that they simply must not lose in the Premier League.

The Whites are currently favourites for the drop in the Premier League with Burnley needing to pick up worst results in their final three games.

If Leeds lose their final two games, they will be relegated to the Championship and Jesse Marsch needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat with numerous absences.

Illan Meslier will start in goal, but the keeper will need to be much better than he has been with something not right with the young Frenchman this season.

Luke Ayling is out for the season due to his suspension, so Robin Koch will start on the right of a back four, with Junior Firpo also coming into start on the left.

Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper will start in the heart of the back four, and Pascal Struijk will push up into midfield with a new central-based system being used.

Mateusz Klich will start on the left of a diamond, replacing Lewis Bate who looked bright but slightly lightweight against Chelsea in midweek.

Kalvin Phillips will be named on the right-hand side and will be tasked with more of a box-to-box role with not many other options available to Marsch at this moment in time.

Raphinha will play a new central attacking midfield role and play behind two strikers, with Jack Harrison unlikely to be available after his heavy blow on Wednesday [11 May].

Rodrigo had a shocker too like many on Wednesday, but he is much better with a strike partner alongside him and he will hopefully get the chance to prove that to everyone.

We are at the time where huge risks must be taken, and it is time for Patrick Bamford to be thrown into the mix with the striker expected to be involved in full training at the end of this week.

Here is how we expect the Whites to line up…

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared what Luke Ayling did in the dressing room after the defeat at Arsenal