View: Rodrigo & Raphinha out, Bielsa to give 20yo first PL start: Predicted Leeds XI v Everton
Leeds United wowed us all when they beat high-flying Leicester 3-1 on Sunday but the three points came at a cost.
Rodrigo and Raphinha were forced off with injuries and we think both will miss Wednesday’s game against Everton.
That opens the door for Pablo Hernandez to get just his third start of the season.
He could play out on the right, with Mateusz Klich coming back in and Tyler Roberts playing in the 10.
However, we think it will be a straight swap for Rodrigo, with Hernandez playing in the centre.
That leaves a question over the right-wing spot and before the Leicester game we’d have been almost certain it would have gone to Ian Poveda for his first Premier League start of the season.
However, Helder Costa came on as the replacement for Raphinha against Leicester.
It’s a straight race between those two and we think it’s a flip but we’re giving the place to Poveda. He’s full of energy and offers something more direct against an Everton side who have been struggling.
He could also keep Lucas Digne tied up and stop the left-back getting forward so much.
Elsewhere, the team picks itself. Pascal Struijk has really started to thrive in the centre of defence and he’ll line up alongside Liam Cooper.
Stuart Dallas scored from midfield on Sunday so will keep Mateusz Klich out of the side again.
Gjanni Alioski will stay out on the left with Luke Ayling at right-back.
Six points from the Leicester and Everton games would have been far more than most fans were expecting but it’s a real possibility now…
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