Marcelo Bielsa has announced his Leeds United starting XI for the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

And it’s bad news for Leeds fans, with both Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton out.

Kalvin Phillips, Diego Llorente and Rodrigo are all sidelined, too.

Pascal Struijk comes into the holding midfield position, while Gjanni Alioski comes in for Hernandez.

It means Dallas could move up to midfield, with Alioski in the left-back spot.

The good news is that Raphinha has passed his late fitness test and is on the bench.

The team news was announced on the official Leeds United Twitter page ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

And it looks like some of the changes might have taken Leeds by surprise, with Struijk listed in the starting XI and on the bench in the original tweet.


Rumours were flying around this morning among fans about Shackleton, Hernandez and Ayling – two out of three have sadly proved to be true.

Leeds are really suffering, with the holding midfield position and both key number 10s sidelined.

It’s going to mean a much-changed line-up and we’re fascinated to see how Bielsa lines his XI up.

Meanwhile, there are lots of fans who are worried that this could be the beginning of the end for Hernandez, who is really struggling for fitness.

However, he also threw a strop and ripped his black armband off after being subbed off in the last game. It’s possible that’s why he’s been dropped.

Here are the best reactions from worried fans…

One fan was more upbeat and said that despite six players being out, Leeds still look okay.


There’s more bad news for Leeds fans too. They have got to suffer one of the last PPV games this afternoon, with the game being shown live on BT Sport Box Office.

All Premier League games are moving back to free-to-air following the international break after the £14.95 price point proved too controversial.

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