By Daniel Feliciano

11th Jan, 2023 | 12:40pm

Jesse Marsch to ring changes with Max Wober to make debut - Leeds United predicted XI v Aston Villa

Jesse Marsch is likely to ring the changes for Leeds when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Premier League on Friday night.

The Whites made plenty of changes for their FA Cup clash with Cardiff at the weekend, which saw them snatch a 2-2 draw at the death having been 2-0 down.

And that performance, mixed with the fact several first-team regulars are expected to be available again for this game should see several changes made to the lineup.

Illan Meslier missed the cup game with a minor muscle injury but Marsch was confident he wouldn’t be out for too long, so he should start between the sticks once again.

Rasmus Kristensen started against Cardiff at right-back and wasn’t at his best, but the Dane is likely to keep his place in the side as he tries to play through a tough patch of form. Robin Koch should return in central defence after being rested and could have a new partner.

Pascal Struijk started at centre-back in that game and despite his own struggles, this is seen as his long-term position. With the arrival of Max Wober this month and his impressive cameo in the final half hour, he should get the nod at left-back with Struijk in the middle.

Tyler Adams and Marc Roca were both rested for the Cardiff game and should reunite their central midfield partnership for the clash.

Crysencio Summerville was kicked all over the pitch in the cup and came off after an hour, with Willy Gnonto shining when he moved to the left. That is something Marsch could use, affording the young Dutch winger a rest while getting the Italian international into his strongest position.

Brenden Aaronson remains a favourite for the manager and should keep his place in the lineup on the right.

While Jack Harrison was only fit enough for a place on the bench at the weekend, he should be fit enough to start here and will come into the number ten role to get his season back on track.

Patrick Bamford is back in training up front and with the imminent arrival of Georginio Rutter at Elland Road, Marsch has options, but Rodrigo’s excellent form should see him keep his place as the number nine.

Leeds predicted XI v Aston Villa: Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Struijk, Wober; Roca, Adams; Aaronson, Harrison, Gnonto; Rodrigo

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