Phillips out, Bielsa to hand fringe man rare start – Predicted Leeds XI v Arsenal
Leeds United leapfrogged Arsenal when they beat Crystal Palace on Monday night and Sunday’s clash gives us a chance to put some daylight between the two sides.
Mid-table is an epic achievement for Leeds and a big disappointment for Arsenal and it’s set to be an intriguing game at the Emirates.
The two sides drew 0-0 at Elland Road earlier this season after an explosive FA Cup game at the Emirates last season.
Arsenal came out on top then but for Leeds it was a chance to show the Premier League what they had to look forward to.
And Leeds haven’t disappointed, winning plaudits and neutral fans the UK over.
The big injury news concerns the two holding midfielders.
Leeds are sweating on the fitness of Kalvin Phillips after he hobbled off in the game against Palace.
We’ll get an update on his availability in Bielsa’s press conference on Friday but we’re going to assume he’s out for this starting XI prediction. He won’t be risked unless he’s 100%.
That would be a huge blow and would put the spotlight back on Pascal Struijk who would likely step up to midfield again.
With Rodrigo out as well, things would get even worse for Leeds, with Stuart Dallas having to go back to right-back.
That could mean a rare start for Tyler Roberts, with Joe Gelhardt likely to be on the bench again and one place closer to getting on the pitch.
Arsenal are sweating on the availability of Thomas Partey and he could be back ahead of schedule.
If he’s back and Phillips is out, it will be a huge test for Leeds.
This is the side that Bielsa will likely put out if Phillips is missing…
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