It’s normally easy predicting the Leeds United starting XI but this week is different.
An FA Cup game against League Two opposition gives Marcelo Bielsa the chance to rest key first-team starts, with four fixtures in a fortnight starting from the Brighton clash the week after.
Bielsa has talked about the integrity of competitions before and played a strong line-up against Arsenal.
Given that, it’s possible that the side looks more like the one that lost to Tottenham.
However, we think the opposition gives Bielsa to big a chance to rest players and the Premier League is all-important this season.
We think lots of Under-23s will get to start, including Sam Greenwood up-front.
First-team players like Ian Poveda (left-wing), Pablo Hernandez (number 10), Helder Costa (right-wing), Kalvin Phillips (Defensive midfield), Pascal Struijk (centre-back) and Kiko Casilla can give the team experience and proven quality.
Jamie Shackleton should play instead of Mateusz Klich, with Leif Davis at left-back, Oliver Casey at centre-back and Cody Drameh at right-back.
What of Tyler Roberts? He could start up front instead of Greenwood but we think his absence on Sunday will show that he’s set to go out on loan in the January window.
The only two players to retain their places will be Kalvin Phillips (suspended for the game against Brighton) and Pascal Struijk in the centre of defence.
This is the side that we think Marcelo Bielsa will put out in the FA Cup…
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