Leeds predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

Jamie Spencer
Leeds are sweating on the fitness of key player Kalvin Phillips
Leeds are sweating on the fitness of key player Kalvin Phillips / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Leeds return to Premier League action against Southampton on Saturday looking to build on the positive momentum they started before the international break.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side narrowly beat Watford last time out, securing a first league win of the season. It was also a first clean sheet of the season in the league.

There are doubts over a couple of key players for this one, as well as some confirmed absences for players who would usually start if fit.

Here’s a look at the starting XI the manager could pick…

Leeds predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Diego Llorente
Diego Llorente scored the winner against Watford / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Illan Meslier (GK): Clean sheets haven’t been easy to come by so far this season but the young Frenchman did get a shutout against Watford in the last game.

Jamie Shackleton (RB): Has filled in for Luke Ayling since September and will continue to do so as the usual starting right-back remains sidelined.

Diego Llorente (CB): Scored the winning goal against Watford last time and helped record a first clean sheet. He has been missed when unavailable this season.

Liam Cooper (CB): The captain has been an ever-present in the Premier League so far, playing every minute across all seven matches.

Junior Firpo (LB): Has become a regular since the September international break following his high profile summer transfer from Barcelona.

2. Midfielders

Kalvin Phillips
Leeds fans are hoping Kalvin Phillips overcomes a knock / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Kalvin Phillips (DM): The England international remains a doubt after pulling out of the Three Lions squad, but there are still hopes that he will be fit enough to play here.

Matuesz Klich (CM): Played really well against Watford and was a driving force in terms of attacking creativity. Has usually started this season when fit and available.

Stuart Dallas (CM): Has started three of the last four Premier League games in central midfield. Full of running and good interplay against Watford but was wasteful with wayward shots.

3. Forwards

Jack Harrison
Jack Harrison could be back in the starting XI / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Daniel James (RW): Set to start his fourth Premier League game in a row since joining from Manchester United in August, but likely to switch to the right flank this time.

Rodrigo (ST): Patrick Bamford hasn’t recovered in time to play, presenting the Spaniard to start a third successive Premier League game in the ‘number nine’ role.

Jack Harrison (LW): Bielsa has refused to rule Raphinha out of contention, but it remains likelier that he at least won’t start, opening up a place.

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