Heckingbottom to make 2 changes – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leeds United XI to face Barnsley

Predicted Leeds United Line-up To Face Barnsley In The EFL Championship

Leeds take on Barnsley this Saturday after a humiliating loss to Aston Villa in their previous encounter. A win is the need of the hour for the Yorkshire-based outfit and it will be interesting to see how they fare against Paul Heckingbottom’s former side. Despite harbouring promotion hopes, Leeds find themselves at 14th place in the league standings. If they are to secure a respectable top-ten finish, they must win against Barnsley.

Their opponents are one of the favourites to get relegated at the end of the season and are placed 22nd in the Championship table, meaning Leeds should push for nothing but a victory.

Probable Leeds United XI

Manager: Paul Heckingbottom

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (GK)

As far as the goalkeeping position is concerned, Peacock-Farrell’s inclusion is almost certain. The youngster has performed admirably for Leeds in recent times and he is expected to retain his spot.

Stuart Dallas (RB)

Dallas has not been at his best lately but due to a lack of options, Dallas is likely to start against Barnsley.

Matthew Pennington (CB)

Pennington’s experience can often prove to be advantageous for Leeds at the back and the player should receive a start this weekend.

Stuart Dallas

Paudie O’Connor (CB)

O’Connor has done well for Leeds and he partners well with Pennington, meaning he should start this Saturday.

Tom Pearce (LB)

Pearce’s pace on the left-hand side can unlock several doors for Leeds and he can contribute adequately on both fronts. He was one of Leeds’ better players against Aston Villa and he is expected to start.

Kalvin Phillips (CM)

Phillips should hold on to his spot in the heart of the midfield and he will have to be at his best to dominate a relatively weak Barnsley side.

Ronaldo Vieira (CM)

Eunan O’Kane was a part of the bench last weekend due to a groin complaint and it is unsure as to whether or not he will return for this one. Thus, Vieira is likely to find himself back in the starting XI.

Pablo Hernandez (RW)

Hernandez’s performances have been hit-and-miss lately but on a good day, he can be lethal for Leeds and should receive a start this weekend.

Samu Saiz

Samuel Saiz (AM)

After an underwhelming display from Kemar Roofe, Saiz is likely to replace him in the starting XI.

Ezgjan Alioski (LW)

Alioski is likely to retain his spot for this game against Barnsley.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (ST)

Caleb Ekuban’s performance was nothing short of disastrous against Aston Villa which could prompt Heckingbottom to deploy Lasogga.


Written by Meghna Sengupta

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