Raphinha and Bamford updates shared: Leeds United early team news v Brighton
Jesse Marsch has confirmed that Raphinha will be available for Leeds United when they take on Brighton at Elland Road on Sunday (15 May).
Speaking to the media on Friday (13 May), Marsch also confirmed that he’s hopeful of Jack Harrison being involved but Patrick Bamford is, as relayed by Phil Hay, “being assessed”.
Marsch is holding his cards close to his chest with Bamford.
As quoted by The Athletic journalist Hay, he said: “I don’t want to say too much. Let’s just see.”
Leeds cannot be mathematically relegated if they lose against Brighton but if they do fail to win against the south coast club on Sunday, it means they could have a big red R next to their name ahead of the last game of the season.
That’s the brutal truth of it and that’s why this is the biggest match Leeds have had since their Champions League semi-final in 2001.
Marsch is under a lot of pressure and while the American has a lot of critics, everyone needs to show their support for him and the players at Elland Road.
It’s our final time to do so this weekend and could be the final Premier League game at Elland Road for at least a year if things go wrong.
Brighton have been in good form too, which is a worry.
They’re not under any kind of pressure but they’re playing under the freedom that they’re fighting for a top-half finish.
Brighton can finish as high as eighth in what has been an impressive season for them so they will not by any means be an easy team to beat.
Leeds’ home record has been terrible this season.
But now’s the time for Elland Road to light it up one last time this term and really make it difficult for the away side.
In other Leeds United news, it is predicted that Stuart Dallas could quit Leeds in the summer.