By Craig Scott

26th May, 2023 | 7:10pm

Rodrigo to start, Pascal Struijk axed - Leeds United predicted XI v Tottenham after Sam Allardyce update

Rodrigo could start for Leeds United on Sunday in their make-or-break Premier League finale with Tottenham at Elland Road.

Sam Allardyce spoke to the media on Friday (26 May), confirming that Rodrigo trained at Elland Road ahead of the final-day clash with Spurs when Leeds’ Premier League status will be on the line.

Rodrigo was walking wounded in the defeat at West Ham last week, raising doubts about whether he’ll be involved this weekend on 28 May.

However, Big Sam has shared a major boost for his side as it looks as though the Spanish forward could be fit to start.

As quoted by LeedsLive, he said: “Rodrigo trained today. We’ll give [Patrick] Bamford as long as we can. Certainly, we’re not overwhelmed with striker options.

“I’ll gamble on anyone’s fitness if they’re ready to play.”

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Based on Allardyce’s update, we predict him to make two changes to the starting line-up that he named at West Ham last week with Junior Firpo replacing Pascal Struijk and Wilfried Gnonto coming in for Bamford due to the fact he remains a doubt.

That means that Joel Robles could continue in goals behind a back-four of Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen, Max Wober and Firpo, who’s available again after being suspended for West Ham. Struijk’s poor left-back performances this season mean he’s likely to be axed in favour of the ex-Barcelona player.

Robin Koch is predicted to start in the midfield again with Weston McKennie, who’s likely to be making his final Leeds appearance as his loan expires at the end of the game, and Adam Forshaw.

In the attack, Gnonto is expected to join up with Jack Harrison and Rodrigo due to the lack of other options Big Sam has been keen on since he replaced Javi Gracia in charge.

Leeds need a win to stand a chance of survival against relegation.

They also need Everton and Leicester to lose or for a swing in goal difference.

In other Leeds United news, Allardyce says he’ll reveal “confidential” information after the game against Spurs on Sunday.