Leeds predicted XI vs Wolves: Phillips and Raphinha start
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Leeds predicted XI vs Wolves: Phillips and Raphinha start

Leeds United have a huge point to prove this weekend having produced one of their most disappointing displays under Marcelo Bielsa last Saturday.

The Whites were beaten 1-0 at Southampton. And with that, Bielsa’s men simply must produce a much-improved display when Wolves come to Elland Road this week.

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Injuries have certainly hurt Leeds this season. And not having Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha – who had been away on international duty – and Patrick Bamford on the south coast clearly hurt the Whites as they failed to lay a glove on the home side.

It remains to be seen what the news is on some of the injured players. Junior Firpo also missed the game, while Luke Ayling and Robin Koch were already sidelined.

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The encouraging news is that Leeds have provided hints that some of those players are getting closer to a return.

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Raphinha should be involved having been rested at St Mary’s. And Phillips is back working after missing the international break.

If there is any player within Bielsa’s squad that the Leeds boss would be prepared to take a gamble on, it would surely be Phillips.

So perhaps the pair may come straight back into the starting lineup against Wolves.

The players to miss out could be Pascal Struijk and Jack Harrison.

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Leeds are unlikely to use a back three against Wolves, so Struijk is surely the most likely centre-back to drop down to the bench.

Harrison meanwhile, has not shone since his £11 million move. And he was poor at Southampton. So it is likely to be Dan James who keeps his spot on the opposite flank to Raphinha.

With that in mind, here is how Leeds may look against Wolves on Saturday…

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