[Image] Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds XI to face Middlesbrough – Can the Whites go top?

Leeds United vs Middlesbrough Prediction: Leeds United line-up

Leeds United welcome Middlesbrough to the Elland Road on Saturday, looking to make it five Championship wins on a bounce.

The Whites edged Reading on Tuesday via Jack Harrison’s late goal that keeps them in the automatic promotion places.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are placed 20th on the table after the latest round of fixtures.

Team News

Tyler Roberts was forced into an early substitution against Reading and is set to miss Saturday’s game. Eddie Nketiah has been out of the picture since the start of the month with an abdominal injury and will also miss the Middlesbrough game.

Meanwhile, Jamie Shackleton returned from injury on Tuesday as he came off the bench in the stoppage time against Reading.

Probable Leeds United XI

Formation: 4-1-4-1

Kiko Casilla (GK)

The Spaniard is the club’s first-choice keeper and would be in goal for this game.

Luke Ayling (RB)

Ayling is a solid defender and while he started in a back three against Reading, he should return to his original position on Saturday.

Ben White (CB)

White has been fantastic for Leeds so far this season. He will start in central defence as usual.

On-loan Brighton defender Ben White has been excellent at Leeds. (Getty Images)
On-loan Brighton defender Ben White has been excellent at Leeds. (Getty Images)

Liam Cooper (CB)

Alongside White, Cooper helped Leeds keep a clean sheet against Reading. He is one of the pillars of Bielsa’s defence and should start against Middlesbrough.

Stuart Dallas (LB)

Dallas was one of the top performers in the victory over Reading. He is a certainty to start on Saturday.

Kalvin Phillips (CDM)

Phillips is perhaps one of the first names on the team sheet. There’s no way Bielsa is going to leave him out of the starting XI against Boro.

Pablo Hernandez (RW)

Hernandez showed moments of magic against Reading but he is expected to do much more than that. However, the veteran Spaniard will keep his place in the team.

Pablo Hernandez in action for Leeds United. (Getty Images)
Pablo Hernandez in action for Leeds United. (Getty Images)

Ezgjan Alioski (LCM)

With Roberts injured, Alioski is likely to replace him in the engine room against Boro.

Mateusz Klich (RCM)

Klich couldn’t make much of an impact against Reading and was substituted in the second half. The Pole will be raring to improve and put in a solid performance at the weekend.

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Jack Harrison (LW)

Scored the winner in the stoppage time against Reading to hand the Whites three precious points on Tuesday. Harrison deserves to keep his place on the left flank.

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford in action. (Getty Images
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford in action. (Getty Images)

Patrick Bamford (ST)

Bamford has been in good form of late and will lead Leeds’ attack on Saturday.

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