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Bielsa drops Adam Forshaw: Predicted Leeds side to play Bolton

Leeds United travel to Bolton Wanderers this weekend, aiming to cement their place in the Championship top two.

21 games in and Leeds sit in second place with a comfortable five-point gap over third place Sheffield United.

Marcelo Bielsa will warn his troops against complacency, though, as he aims to make it five league wins on the bounce.

Bolton are second bottom and last won a game in September.

Here is the starting line-up we expect Bielsa to field at Bolton this Saturday.

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With Jamal Blackman injured, Bailey Peacock-Farrell is unlikely to face much competition for the goalkeeper spot.


Jamie Shackleton, 19, replaced injured Stuart Dallas last week and was very good at right-back.

Barry Douglas has made the left-back spot his own.

Central defence

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Kalvin Phillips partnered Pontus Jansson against QPR last week but his presence was missed in midfield.

20-year-old Finnish defender Aapo Halme could be recalled to play alongside Jansson.

Central midfield

Halme’s recall would allow Phillips to move back into central midfield and it would see 26-year-old Adam Forshaw dropped to the bench.

Mateusz Klich partners Phillips in the centre of the park, playing further forward.

Attacking midfield

Despite receiving criticism from some fans, Ezgjan Alioski is likely to continue out wide as Bielsa favours him.

Samu Saiz will hope to retain his starting spot while Pablo Hernandez is the main man in the number 10 role.


Patrick Bamford is fit again and scored a hat-trick for the youth side but Kemar Roofe has 10 league goals and is unlikely to be dropped.

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