MOT View: 28yo to be dropped for first time this season – Predicted Leeds starting XI v Hull
There’s no rest for Leeds United. Hot on the heels of their 2-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday, they host Hull City at Elland Road on Tuesday night.
There will be at least one change to the starting XI. Kalvin Phillips is back after a one-game suspension and he will come straight back into the side.
Liam Cooper is set to miss out again meaning another start for Gaetano Berardi.
There’s another position that we’ve agonised over. How can Bielsa not give Gjanni Alioski a start after his thunder-volley that gave Leeds the lead on Saturday?
We had the 27-year-old in at left-back and then had the Stuart Dallas problem. How can you drop Dallas?
However, in the end we’ve gone with Alioski. He had a brilliant game on Saturday and 28-year-old Dallas was poor. Dallas has started all 20 games this season but we think he starts from the bench tomorrow.
Hull play a 4-2-3-1 so it’s likely Bielsa will go with his preferred 4-1-4-1. The attack is about as nailed on as it could be at the moment, with Jack Harrison and Helder Costa out wide and Patrick Bamford up top.
Pablo Hernandez is back to his old self in the middle and even Mateusz Klich has rediscovered his shooting boots.
On Hull’s side, Jarrod Bowen is obviously the man to watch out for.
We’re expecting more goals on Tuesday and another three points, which will keep the pressure on West Brom, but more importantly on the chasing pack. Second at the end of the season will do us fine.
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