Marcelo Bielsa and his men faced yet another loss as they ended the season on a low. But the playoffs and Derby County await them, with Leeds United in pole position to make the cut for the finals. However, Bielsa and his club will have to up their performances to do that.
A controversial draw against Aston Villa earlier saw their chances of a top-two spot end and now things are complicated. But if there is one manager who can do it, it’s Bielsa. The Argentine has done it before in various other leagues and that could happen again.
That being said, Derby County are no pushovers. The Rams, under Frank Lampard, have managed to do relatively well so far and made the final playoff spot on the final day of the season. They’ve shown the will to do a lot more, which is something the Whites have to be careful about.
Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas are out for the season. Kemar Roofe sat out the Villa game but returned for the final game. Stuart Dallas made his return on the final day but Patrick Bamford is still facing a two-game ban.
He has become Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team star after joining the club in January and should keep his place.
He hasn’t been in the best form of late but despite that, Ayling should keep his place in the team.
The Sweden international has been the first-choice centre-back and will start barring any injuries.
The club captain, he hasn’t had the best time lately and needs to improve for the Whites to be able to move through.
Back from injury, the 28-year-old has done well as a left-back and should keep his place in the team.
One of Leeds United’s best players, the 23-year-old has had a good season and the Whites will need him to be at his best.
The Spaniard has been one of the club’s standout players and has produced 24 goals so far. They will need him to be at his very best once again against Derby County.
The central midfielder has been a consistent presence, playing every game this season, and should continue that trend.
With Forshaw struggling to do much for the team, Roberts should find a way onto the team-sheet.
The youngster has done well for the club and with Jack Harrison struggling to make an impact, he should find a place in the team.
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