Leeds United have named a super-strong starting XI for the Under-23s game against Stoke this afternoon.
Top-of-the-table Leeds face Stoke at Thorp Arch in a 1pm kick-off that you can watch live on the Leeds Twitter account.
And we’re expecting another win for the second string after a very strong line-up was announced for the game.
Diego Llorente, Kalvin Phillips, Helder Costa, Tyler Roberts and Ian Poveda all start for Mark Jackson’s side.
Elia Caprile is in goal after being on the bench for the 1-0 defeat against Brighton.
📋 First team stars Llorente, Phillips, Costa, Roberts and Poveda all start for Mark Jackson's side today pic.twitter.com/wDzDTgo4rz
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 18, 2021
Big game for Llorente
Leeds fans will be delighted to see Llorente in the starting XI, although also a bit worried.
We desperately need him to get through the game today and then we’re expecting him to start against Newcastle a week tomorrow.
The same goes for Kalvin Phillips, who we missed badly on Saturday.
Helder Costa is playing for a place in the first-team at the moment after dropping down the pecking order.
He’s firmly behind Raphinha and Jack Harrison now, with Poveda also ahead of the right-winger.
Crysencio Summerville couldn’t be blamed for being upset after being named on the bench today – he scored a hat-trick for the Under-23s last week.
And we expect the Stoke Under-23s will be upset to see the players they’re going up against today.
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