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Paul Robinson thinks that Marcelo Bielsa will name an unchanged line-up for the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
He thinks that’s currently the strongest team that Bielsa can put out with Rodrigo and Kalvin Phillips currently sidelined.
Robinson thinks that 21-year-old Pascal Struijk will stay on the bench and that means youngster Jamie Shackleton will get another start despite being hooked off at half-time against Leicester.
Robinson claims there’s a shout for Ian Poveda to come in but the form of Harrison and Costa is too good to drop either of them.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I wouldn’t put Pascal Struijk back in. With Rodrigo and Phillips out then I think Bielsa picked what he thought was his strongest XI on Monday night.
“Looking at it, you could bring in Gjanni Alioksi, Ian Poveda or Tyler Roberts. Maybe there’s a case for Poveda but Harrison and Costa are playing so well I can’t see either of them being dropped.
“If the squad’s the same injury-wise then I think it will be the same XI.
“I can’t see where Bielsa will change it. Poveda has such an impact coming off the bench that’s where he’s best at the moment.
“Tyler Roberts would have to come in for Hernandez, Klich or Bamford… with the squad he’s got available I think he picked the strongest XI against Leicester.
Paul Robinson’s predicted starting XI v Palace
Many Leeds fans think that Struijk will come back into the defensive midfield spot after Jamie Shackleton was subbed off at half-time against Leicester.
That looks like being the one big call that Bielsa has to make ahead of the 3pm kick-off.
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