MOT View: Bielsa to make 6 changes, 20y/o gets big role – Predicted Leeds starting XI v Charlton
Marcelo Bielsa made seven changes to his Leeds United side that beat Derby 3-1 on Sunday.
As well as giving youngsters like Pascal Struijk and Ian Poveda their first starts, we think it had something to do with the fact that a lot of the first-team players had been partying hard.
It also had something to do with the fact that the game was effectively a dead rubber, with Derby having nothing to play for.
The game against Charlton on Wednesday is different.
Charlton are one place above the drop zone and need to try to get something out of the game to guarantee their survival.
We don’t think Bielsa will do them any favours – he’s got far too much integrity in the game for that.
It means that he will put out his strongest XI, with Kalvin Phillips, Helder Costa and Gaetano Berardi all likely to miss out through injury.
We can’t see Kiko Casilla starting and really hope he’s not either in the side or the squad.
He was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton player Jonathan Leko and it would send out entirely the wrong message for him to play any part in the game on Wednesday.
That means Illan Meslier coming back in, with the usual back four of Stuart Dallas, Liam Cooper, Ben White and Luke Ayling.
With Phillips out, 20-year-old Pascal Struijk has done well enough in the defensive midfield spot to retain his place.
The big question is over Pablo Hernandez. He started on Sunday so he’s obviously back to full fitness.
We think he starts as well as Tyler Roberts, which would see Hernandez playing out on the right.
It’s entirely possible that Tyler Roberts is dropped, with Ian Poveda holding onto his place on the right.
However, we think Bielsa will want as many of his usual starting XI playing in the game when Leeds will be presented with the Championship trophy.
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