Steve Bruce has switched to a 4-4-2 at Newcastle in recent games and if he sticks with that tonight, we think Leeds United will line-up a bit differently at St James’ Park.
There’s a chance that Andy Carroll won’t be able to start again after playing in the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday night.
However, Bruce has said that he wants to play 4-4-2, despite some terrible results, and that will lead to Leeds taking a 3-3-1-3 approach to tonight’s game.
If that happens, what’s our strongest possible line-up?
The big question is whether Marcelo Bielsa will start Diego Llorente. We think he has to. The Spain international played 45 minutes in the Under-23s last week and looked sharp and ready. Leeds need a change at the back.
That would mean a back three of Llorente, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper, with Pascal Struijk and 28-year-old Gjanni Alioski axed.
Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling will revert to their normal places on the flanks, while Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo make up the midfield.
If Llorente doesn’t start, Ayling could play in the centre, with Alioski on the left and Dallas on the right.
We would love to see how Rodrigo copes with this formation against a very poor Newcastle side. The space and freedom he would be given could really work in his favour and he could rip Newcastle apart.
Jack Harrison and Raphinha will line-up on the wings, with Patrick Bamford up top.
This Leeds side is very fluid anyway, with players often swapping around in-game, but we believe this is the strongest side Bielsa can put out tonight – and if Carroll starts then this is how we see them lining up.
We also believe that a 4-4-2 from Newcastle will play into our hands perfectly. We really want to see Carroll in the side tonight.
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