Leeds United secured a tough draw against Brentford midweek, and now have yet another difficult game when they face Bristol City at home on Saturday.
The away side are just three points behind Marcelo Bielsa’s men, and a loss for The Whites could see them drop out of the automatic promotion spots in the Championship table.
The last time these two sides met, Leeds ran away 3-1 winners, but things are different now as Bristol City are in fantastic form, winning 6 of their last 8 league games, while Leeds have won just 2 of their last 8 games.
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Adam Forshaw has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he is set to undergo hip surgery. Tyler Roberts could return to the squad as he missed the last game after sustaining a knock.
Let’s take a look at the possible Leeds United lineup for this crucial fixture at Elland Road:
Predicted Leeds United Lineup vs Bristol City
Leeds’ first-choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla made yet another error against Brentford, for the second game in a row. His slip allowed Brentford to take the lead.
Bielsa should perhaps give the former Real Madrid keeper a break and bring in Illian Meslier, who was impressive in his only game so far for the Whites, against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Bielsa could stick to the same backline as last time with last match’s goalscorer, Liam Cooper, leading the backline, along with Ben White. Luke Ayling will start at right-back, while Stuart Dallas will continue at left-back in the Leeds United lineup.
Kalvin Phillips should continue in his role at the base of midfield, after returning last time around following his three-match suspension.
Bielsa could perhaps make one change to the midfield, pushing Pablo Hernandez out wide, and going with Jamie Shackleton in the centre. Mateusz Klich should continue in the middle of the park.
Hernandez could replace Helder Costa on the right side of attack, while the impressive Jack Harrison should retain his place on the left side of the Leeds United lineup.
Bielsa has revealed in past press conferences that January signing Jean-Kévin Augustin is not match fit, which means that the inconsistent Patrick Bamford will continue as the main striker.