Leeds United line-ups for Everton as Kalvin Phillips call made after Man Utd disaster

Leeds United play their first match in front of a capacity Elland Road crowd for almost 18 months on Saturday when they host Everton in the Premier League.

For thousands of fans, it will be the first time they will have seen their side in action since the Championship title-winning season and a first-ever glimpse of the likes of Raphinha, Rodrigo and the other players to have joined the club over the past three transfer windows.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side go into the match looking to bounce back from the hugely disappointing 5-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Kalvin Phillips was on the bench across the Pennines, but has another week of training under his belt, while Bielsa has confirmed Diego Llorente will miss the match.

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So what changes need to be made to ensure Leeds pick themselves up and dust themselves down against the Toffees?

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Beren Cross

Shall we try again? Like last week, I’m going with what I consider to be the best XI the squad has when everyone is fit.

Evidently, Marcelo Bielsa did not feel Junior Firpo and Kalvin Phillips were in the right condition to start by his standards, but I’d have them starting this weekend.

The sobering 5-1 thrashing in Old Trafford also precipitates the need for Phillips’s recall in order to provide some order and stability in that sector.

The major talking points surround who plays in the middle of defence and midfield. Robin Koch shades out Pascal Struijk for me, but only because he’s right-footed.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo retains his place with Stuart Dallas starting in the centre. At home to a side like Everton has to be a match the Spaniard’s attacking prowess can pay off.

Beren’s XI: Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo; Phillips; Raphinha, Dallas, Rodrigo, Harrison; Bamford.

Joe Donnohue

A few changes to the XI which started at Old Trafford last weekend but nothing drastic, for me.

Bielsa has admitted Phillips is getting ‘closer’ to first-team involvement, coupled with the fact he said Diego Llorente is still a week away from returning, probably means the England man will play some part on Saturday, if not the whole 90 minutes.

Despite the torrid time he endured against Man United, I’ve gone for Robin Koch in the starting XI for one reason, and that is because starting two left-footers (Cooper and Struijk) at centre-half didn’t work from a build-up standpoint last weekend.

Junior did not look too off the pace in his 45-minute stint, while Rodrigo’s efficiency as a number eight was particularly disappointing, so he drops out and Dallas moves in alongside Klich.

It’ll be a battle for supremacy in the middle with the imposing duo of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure no strangers to a physical contest. I think Dallas is better-suited to that than Rodrigo, unfortunately.

Raphinha will need to pick his bottom lip up off the Old Trafford turf and channel that anger and frustration into something which will leave Jordan Pickford equally agitated when picking the ball out of the back of his net.

It should be a more even game than last weekend, and a truer test of where this Leeds XI is at.

Joe’s XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Junior; Phillips; Raphinha, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.

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