By Pranav Shahaney

31st Jul, 2021 | 11:42am

Firpo starts against former club, Cooper misses out - Confirmed Leeds starting XI v Real Betis

Junior Firpo starts at left-back against his former club as Leeds United take on Real Betis.

This is the Whites’ fourth match in the span of five days although a couple of them have largely been U-23 affairs.

Leeds looked convincing against Blackburn Rovers in spells but failed to win, and Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for a positive result from this one.

Betis are on the back of a defeat against Derby County, so the Yorkshire outfit must fancy their chances against the Spaniards.

Left-back was our problem position and we’ve resolved it by signing the Spain international from Barcelona.

He is lining up to face the team he left to join the Catalan giants and he will be looking to impress his former employers.

Illan Meslier retains his spot in goal while new signing Kristoffer Klaesson only joined so is not in contention for the game.

Ahead of him Liam Cooper misses out, so Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are set to be the centre-back pairing this afternoon.

At right-back, the ever-present Luke Ayling will be looking to offer the team width and stretch the opposition. His runs down the right flank would be worth keeping an eye out for.

In midfield, Pascal Struijk will play the role of the anchor with Rodrigo and Stuart Dallas providing legs in front of him.

Leading the line as ever is Patrick Bamford who will be looking to replicate his performances from last season and lead us to another season in the Premier League top half.

Raphinha and Jack Harrison will be starting on the wings and given their versatility, it won’t surprise us to see them alternate positions every now and then.

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