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Leeds predicted lineup vs Leicester - Premier League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Marsch-ing on together
Marsch-ing on together / George Wood/GettyImages
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Leeds kick off the Jesse Marsch era with a trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday.

The Whites parted company with Marcelo Bielsa in the hope that Marsch can steer them clear of relegation and the former RB Leipzig boss will be eager to hit the ground running this weekend.

Here is the starting XI he could go with for his first game in charge at Elland Road...


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Illan Meslier
Meslier has been very busy this season / Chris Brunskill/GettyImages

Illan Meslier (GK) - Meslier has been a very busy man of late with no Premier League goalkeeper making more saves this season.

Luke Ayling (CB) - Ayling was one of Bielsa's most trusted on-field lieutenants. It will be interesting to see how Marsch handles his influence.

Diego Llorente (CB) - The Spaniard has been in pretty torrid form over the past few months. £18m isn't cheap either...

Robin Koch (CB) - Another Premier League era signing, Koch will also be under the spotlight in Marsch's first few weeks in charge.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Junior Firpo
Firpo will be attacking from the off / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Stuart Dallas (RM) - The ever-versatile Cookstown-born Dallas could add another position to his repertoire under Marsch: right wing-back.

Adam Forshaw (CM) - Given the unenviable task of trying to plug the gaps in midfield in the latter days of Bielsa's reign.

Mateusz Klich (CM) - Always passionate and often effective, Klich will be important this weekend.

Junior Firpo (LM) - Will likely thrive in a wing-back role, should Marsch shape up like that for the rest of the season.

3. Forwards

Daniel James
James has endured a frustrating few weeks / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Raphinha (RW) - Has shown many flashes of brilliance this season and will need to keep producing if Leeds are to stay up.

Daniel James (ST) - Patrick Bamford is mercifully back in training after a lengthy lay-off. For now though, James will have to continue to fill in.

Jack Harrison (LW) - His drop off in form this season has been startling and worrying. Will likely be dropped when Bamford returns.



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