By Sean Fisher

20th Oct, 2022 | 7:20pm

Leeds United confirmed XI v Leicester: Four changes as Jesse Marsch makes Patrick Bamford decision

Jesse Marsch has named his Leeds United starting lineup against Leicester City for Thursday evening’s trip to the King Power Stadium.

After a string of six winless games, Leeds United travel to 20th-placed Leicester City looking to finally end their poor run. The Whites were extremely unfortunate to leave Elland Road empty-handed on Sunday after a frustrating 1-0 loss to Arsenal.

Leeds confirmed Thursday’s lineup via Twitter, with Marsch making four changes to the squad. Junior Firpo replaces the injured Pascal Struijk, while Diego Llorente, Crysencio Summerville and Patrick Bamford all start.

Leicester will be looking to build on their 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace on the weekend. Brendan Rodgers’ side have won just once this season, but look confident at home after conceding just one goal in their last three home fixtures.

Crucial points needed

Leeds’ best performances this season have actually come against sides in the top half of the table, so Thursday night’s clash against Leicester will surely have Leeds fans biting their nails.

The Whites have struggled when teams have sat back and defended as a unit, and therefore they tend to impress against teams that play openly and create space in the game – just like Arsenal on the weekend.

But, while Leicester do sit bottom of the league, it’d be a surprise if Rodgers instructs his side to play defensively against Leeds considering the mounting pressure over his job.

That’ll be music to Marsch’s ears, who will want to replicate the weekend performance against Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo were both wasteful on Sunday against the Gunners. They’ll need to have much more composure in front of goal if Leeds are to finally end their winless run.

In other Leeds United news, the club will refuse to release Luis Sinisterra to play in Colombia’s World Cup warm-up