Leeds

Leeds United predicted lineup vs Brentford - Premier League

Grey Whitebloom
Jesse Marsch has collected seven points away from home while in charge of Leeds compared to five at Elland Road
Jesse Marsch has collected seven points away from home while in charge of Leeds compared to five at Elland Road / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

Leeds United travel to the capital for a season-defining Premier League game against Brentford on Sunday afternoon.

Lumbered in the relegation zone ahead of this weekend's unified kick-off, Leeds' top-flight future is out of their hands. If Burnley defeat Newcastle it's all over. But if the Clarets earn a draw against the Magpies, Leeds have to record their first victory away to Brentford since 1950 to secure survival.

Here's the XI Jesse Marsch may deploy knowing his side need a point at the very least from Sunday's outing.


Leeds United predicted lineup vs Brentford (4-2-3-1)

Pascal Struijk
Leeds need a miracle / George Wood/GettyImages

Illan Meslier (GK) - If the 22-year-old keeper lines up on Sunday, Meslier would become the youngest Leeds player to start every Premier League match since Gary Kelly was an ever-present in 1995.

Robin Koch (RB) - Two decades after his father Harry won the Bundesliga title with Kaiserslautern, Koch Jr. left the same club at the start of the season they got relegated. A transfer request won't help him avoid the drop this weekend.

Diego Llorente (CB) - The former Real Madrid youth product has never bettered the tally of three league goals he is currently sitting on this season.

Liam Cooper (CB) - With their club captain on the pitch, Leeds have conceded a goal every 69 minutes. Without Cooper, the Yorkshire outfit ship a goal every half an hour.

Pascal Struijk (LB) - The 22-year-old may have earned himself a starting berth after snatching a late point against Brighton last weekend with his first goal of the season.

Kalvin Phillips (CM) - Of Premier League players with more than a smattering of appearances, the much-missed Phillips ranks second across the division for the number of turnovers forced by closing down an opposition player per 90 (according to FBref).

Mateusz Klich (CM) - The Poland international missed just four league games across the previous three seasons but has sat out five this term alone.

Rodrigo (AM) - The former Benfica and Valencia forward is guaranteed to record the lowest league finish of his senior career, topping the 14th-place he picked up during his first spell in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers a decade ago.

Raphinha (RW) - In what could be his last game in a Leeds shirt, Raphinha is searching for his first goal after five blanks.

Joe Gelhardt (ST) - The pint-sized Liverpudlian has recorded three of his four goals and assists this season in stoppage time.

Jack Harrison (LW) - Five of Harrison's seven Premier League goals have come on the road this season; more than the division's third-top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

facebooktwitterreddit