By Liam Thomas

30th Dec, 2022 | 1:10pm

Leeds United predicted XI v Newcastle United with changes made in Premier League

Leeds United will face Newcastle United in a Premier League trip to St James Park on December 31 and Jesse Marsch is expected to make a host of changes.

The Whites are without Luis Sinisterra, Stuart Dallas and Archie Gray for the game after Injury Expert Ben Dinnery appeared to confirm their absence.

The Premier League clash should see the return of Tyler Adams after the American served his one-match suspension against Manchester City, Jack Harrison and Diego Llorente may also make returns to Marsch’s starting XI.

Illan Meslier is expected to resume his position between the sticks for Marsch, how about some of those saves against Manchester City? The Whites goalkeeper will be hot property this summer.

Llorente could replace Liam Cooper at the heart of the Leeds United defence partnering Robin Koch, the Whites captain was substituted against the Citizens after a host of errors and costly fouls.

Pascal Struijk should retain his spot as Leeds United’s go-to make-shift left-back, what a season he is having, by the way, a fine header against Manchester City should all but secure his spot in Marsch’s starting XI, and Rasmus Kristensen should also retain his spot on the opposite flank to Struijk.

Sam Greenwood was absolutely brilliant at times against Manchester City and his superb assist for Struijk’s headed finish capped off a fine outing, he should be in for another start for Marsch against Newcastle.

Adam Forshaw will likely lose his spot in Marsch’s starting XI to the returning Tyler Adams, the American had to sit out of the December 28 clash due to suspension.

Marc Roca could retain his place in the heart of Marsch’s engine room but his abilities always seem a bit limited by the American’s tactics, he was way off it against City and a big improvement is needed.

Jack Harrison could be given the nod to start over Wilfried Gnonto, as Marsch will be hoping to get the Englishman fully firing again after his dip in form after an incredible start to the season.

Rodrigo should resume his position on the right-hand side of the Leeds United attack, he’s been a constant goal threat this campaign.

Aaronson should keep his spot in the centre up top for the Whites, he constantly pressed against City and drove Leeds United up the field at will, his liveliness will be needed against Newcastle.

Predicted line-up:  Meslier; Llorente, Koch, Struijk, Nissen, Roca, Adams, Greenwood; Harrison, Rodrigo, Aaronson.

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a big update on Stuart Dallas’ recovery from his fractured femur