Marcelo Bielsa has made two changes to the Leeds United starting line-up for the clash against Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday.

Ahead of kick-off, Leeds announced on their official Twitter account that Raphinha will earn his full-debut for the Whites, coming in to replace Helder Costa.

Kalvin Phillips is also back from his injury and will start in the midfield. Pascal Struijk makes way for the England international.

Leeds have lost their last two matches 4-1 against both Leicester City and Crystal Palace but the Whites have never suffered defeat three times on the bounce with Bielsa in charge and will be keen to make amends against the Gunners.

While most teams in the Premier League are encountering a match against Bielsa for the first time, Arsenal will not be.

In January, the Gunners hosted Leeds at the Emirates in the third round of the FA Cup in a match which many thought was kind of like a Premier League audition for the Yorkshire giants.

Leeds impressed in the match and could have easily won but were unfortunate to lose 1-0 despite Bielsa playing a weakened side.

Now, Bielsa is as close to naming a full-strength side as he can.

Leeds could, mathematically, move up to ninth if they beat Arsenal, leapfrogging the Gunners in the process.

Hopefully, that is what happens because Leeds have done well against the supposed ‘big-six’ teams they have faced this season.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a major contract update on this player.


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