By Pranav Shahaney

8th Jan, 2022 | 6:00am

Leeds United predicted XI v West Ham: Patrick Bamford starts

Leeds United go into their FA Cup clash against West Ham this Sunday with two further injuries.

In his latest press conference, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt were both ruled out of this game.

The duo are expected to be out for a month, but Patrick Bamford is in line to make a start against the Hammers.

In goal, we expect Bielsa to give Illan Meslier a rest. The Frenchman has started all leagues this season.

Kristoffer Klaesson, who’s had a bitter-sweet time with the Under-23s will be given a chance to prove himself.

As Robin Koch has recently returned from an injury, Bielsa may not want him to start twice in a week.

This could see Luke Ayling move to centre-back and Cody Drameh coming in at right-back.

In midfield, Stuart Dallas could be given a rest which will see Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich start.

With no Gelhardt or Roberts, we’re expecting the Crysencio Summerville and Dan James to come in the attack.

As Raphinha could be rested, Bamford will come in his place with Jack Harrison likely to play in behind him.

Hopefully, the Whites can build on the win against Burnley and secure progress into the next round of the tournament.

Going on a cup run is not something that has happened for a while and it would be nice to see it happen this time around.

In other Leeds United news, the club are well poised to sign a ‘Magnificent’ centre mid in January with a European club open to his sale