Leeds’ predicted XI vs Chelsea


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Leeds United are just three games away from being relegated back into the Championship, and if they are to avoid that fate, they’ll need to start winning games.

Unfortunately for the Yorkshire club, their fixture list isn’t the kindest and on Wednesday they head to Stamford Bridge to face one of their biggest historical rivals, Chelsea.

This is by no means an unwinnable game for Leeds. After all, fellow relegation battlers, Everton, managed to overcome the Blues just last week, and with an FA Cup final on the horizon, Chelsea may be tempted to rotate their team.

If Leeds are to win this one, they will need to be at close to their best, and with that in mind, we’ve had a go at predicting the Yorkshire club’s starting XI for this crucial clash.

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We think that Marsch will make a couple of changes from the team that lost to Arsenal at the weekend.

The first is a forced change at right-back after Luke Ayling’s silly red card against the Gunners.

We think that Daniel James may be shifted to right-back to make up for Ayling’s absence, while Rodrigo comes in to join the attack in James’ place.

Liam Cooper also starts in this one after Jesse Marsch said he should be available for selection after his injury.

Other than that, it’s the same team that started against Arsenal. Raphinha and Jack Harrison start on the wings, while Joe Gelhardt is once again trusted to spearhead the Leeds attack.

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