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Leeds United will try to recover from their 5-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend as they continue their Premier League season at home Everton Saturday afternoon.
The whites had a hard time with it Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side in their season opener, but Everton started life under Rafael Benitez with an impressive 3-1 win over Southampton at Goodison Park.
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Leeds made an impressive return to the top division last season, scooping 59 points from 38 games, finishing ninth, just two points behind Arsenal in eighth and three points behind Tottenham Hotspur in seventh.
The Whites also ended the 2020-21 season in an excellent manner, losing only one of their last 11 games, but it can’t be overlooked that it was a tough game for them Marcelo Bielsa‘s side against Man United.
Lukas Ayling Leeds equalized early in the second half at Old Trafford, but then Solskjaer’s side scored four clean sheets to claim an overwhelming win at Elland Road that weekend.
Leeds signed both Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson this summer while Jack Harrison have moved permanently from Manchester City to Elland Road and Bielsa admitted during Thursday’s press conference that the club are unlikely to make any further signings in the current window.
The Whites have a busy end of the month as they face League One team Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup next week before ending August with a trip to Burnley in the Premier League. September then begins with a home game against title hopefuls Liverpool.
Everton fell back against Southampton last weekend with a mistake of Michael Keane allow Che Adams feed Adam Armstrongwho skillfully picked out the top corner on his debut.
The Toffees struggled to get going in the first half against the Saints, but equalized in the 47th minute Richarlison, In front Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both charged late.
It was an incredibly important win for the Merseyside giants in their first competitive game under Benitez, who know another positive result against Leeds would lead them well into their next two league games with Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley.
Everton only brought in three new players this summer, bringing with them Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend and Demarai gray, and it will be exciting to see if there are any more signings before the deadline.
The Toffees were excellent on their trips to the Premier League last season, had the fourth-best record, suffered only four defeats and recorded a 2-1 win in the corresponding game in 2020/21.
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Leeds chief Bielsa announced during the press conference on Thursday that Diego Llorente is still at least a week away from being selected, but Kalvin Phillips could return to the starting XI.
Phillips didn’t play Man United due to a lack of fitness, but the midfielder will likely be there Rodrigo and Robin Koch potentially both fall off the side.
Stuart Dallas could move from left-back to central midfield with Junior Firpo making his full debut but Bielsa will likely resist the temptation to make big changes.
Patrick Bamford, Harrison and Raphinha will continue to remain in attack positions while Pascal Struijk was able to keep his place in the back although Old Trafford was difficult.
As for Everton, Jarrad Branthwaite will be out again due to an injury, but Ben Godfrey and Jean-Philippe Gbamin could both be available after falling out against Southampton due to self-isolation rules.
Moise Kean and James Rodriguez are still doubts while for the same reason André Gomes has a knock and must be judged before kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
Godfrey could replace Mason Holgate in the middle of defense, but it could otherwise be the same team that started against the Saints, with Richarlison, Gray and Townsend backing Calvert-Lewin.
Leeds United possible starting line-up:
Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Firpo; Raphinha, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison; Bamford
Everton possible starting line-up:
Pickford; Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Allan, Doucoure; Townsend, Gray, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Probability: Leeds United 1-1 Everton
Leeds will be desperate to recover from their opening weekend defeat but Benitez will believe he can take advantage of the home side’s weaknesses on Saturday afternoon. We’re actually predicting a close result in terms of outcome, with the two teams being forced to settle for some of the loot on Elland Road.
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