By Mark Smith

18th Oct, 2022 | 8:10am

Rodrigo and Pascal Struijk out: Predicted Leeds United starting XI v Leicester City

Leeds United travel to Leicester City on Thursday evening (20 October) looking to finally return to winning ways in the Premier League.

Jesse Marsch has plenty of decisions to make after the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal, where his side actually dominated the table-topping Gunners.

Brenden Rodgers is severely under pressure at the King Power Stadium, and it will no doubt be two sides desperate for three points in the Premier League.

Illan Meslier will be thankful for a more solid defence in front of him, but he is still struggling to keep those clean sheets that he will so desperately crave – this is an opportunity for that.

Rasmus Kristensen is hitting top form after settling in England and he will continue on the right, although Junior Firpo may come in for Pascal Struijk, with more attacking intent needed down that left-hand side.

Liam Cooper and Robin Koch will stay in the middle after dominating Gabriel Jesus at Elland Road, hoping to do the same to the likes of Jamie Vardy, who will not have the supply of James Maddison.

Tyler Adams and Marc Roca have been the best partnership we have had in midfield for quite some time now, with no reliance just on one man in there anymore.

It also allows Brenden Aaronson to thrive in that central role, as he continues there with Luis Sinisterra and Jack Harrison on either side of him, with more end product needed.

That most applies to Patrick Bamford though, who despite destroying the Arsenal defence, missed chances and could have taken home the match ball, something he must look to now do to Leicester.

He will come in for Rodrigo, with Marsch having no choice but to bench him after that complete shocker which ultimately cost us the game last time out.

Here’s how we expect the Whites to line up at the King Power…

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