Leeds team news: Predicted 4-1-4-1 line up vs Derby – Marcelo Bielsa to make two changes


Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is expected to make two changes to his side as they face Derby County in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Leeds and Derby ignited a rivalry last season when one of Bielsa’s backroom staff was caught spying on The Rams’ Thursday training session in January.

No such laws were in place to prohibit such action but the EFL reacted by introducing one on the matter and fined Leeds £200,000.

Bielsa paid out of his own pocket admitting it was his responsibility and a fresh chapter between the clubs is set to begin on Saturday following the departure of Frank Lampard, who lambasted Bielsa’s actions.

The Argentine tactician has largely fielded either a 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1 formation this season in the Championship and is expected to stick with the latter after a 2-0 win at Barnsley last week.

The Whites are boosted by the return from injury of central midfielder Adam Forshaw and the Englishman is expected to reclaim his spot in the starting line-up at the expense of Jamie Shackleton.

Striker Tyler Roberts and defender Luke Ayling are nearing full fitness after playing in the Under-23s recently but neither are expected to start.

Bielsa’s normal back five should be on show at Elland Road and stalwarts Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez, Mateusz Klich and Jack Harrison should start on the wings.

Patrick Bamford has started every game for Leeds but could make way for Eddie Nkeiah, who has scored two goals in 78 minutes of action across four substitute appearances.

The Arsenal loanee scored the first in Leeds’ late salvo against Barnsley last time out and has shown his readiness for the teamsheet.

Bielsa did hint at starting both strikes together, however, saying: “[Nketiah] is one of the team options that we have.

“He is an important player who has an impact and change one match, we are really grateful that we can count on him. Of course he and Bamford give different things to the team but also they can play together.”

Leeds United predicted line-up vs Derby County

Casilla; Dallas, White, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Hernandez, Forshaw, Klich, Harrison; Nketiah.


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