By Craig Scott

13th Jan, 2022 | 8:10am

Patrick Bamford starts: Leeds United predicted XI v West Ham

Patrick Bamford could return to Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up when Leeds United play West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

After losing at the London Stadium in the FA Cup, Leeds have an opportunity to get instant revenge as they return to the capital this weekend.

And Bamford could be available with Mirror journalist David Anderson reporting that he and Rodrigo should be fit to play against David Moyes’ side.

However, there are other issues in the squad and that means Bielsa could make a total of four changes from the side that lost on Sunday.

Junior Firpo and Sam Greenwood are injury doubts while Diego Llorente is suspended and Lewis Bate is also likely to make way.

Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw, Raphinha and Bamford could all make starts in place for the unavailable and unlikely-to-play quartet.

Illan Meslier is expected to start in goals behind a back-four of Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Leo Hjelde and Dallas.

Jamie Shackleton, Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijk, Charlie Cresswell, Firpo and Diego Llorente could all miss this game, meaning that Hjelde, 18, could be handed his Premier League debut by Bielsa.

Hjelde impressed on his senior debut for Leeds in their 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday and could be trusted by Bielsa here.

In front of him, Mateusz Klich and Forshaw are expected to start in the deeper-lying midfield positions with Bielsa naming an attacking midfield force of Raphinha, Daniel James and Jack Harrison.

Ahead of them, talismanic striker Bamford may be handed his first start since September after recovering from his latest injury issue.

In other Leeds United news, this senior ace is reportedly on his way out of Elland Road despite Bielsa’s wishes.