Javi Gracia has opted against making changes to his Leeds United starting XI to take on Crystal Palace at Elland Road this afternoon. The Whites can move five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with a win over Roy Hodgson’s Eagles and they’ll be feeling confident after their midweek win over Nottingham Forest.
Gracia has chosen to avoid tinkering after Tuesday’s result on home soil and he’ll be keen to see even more progress made. Patrick Bamford gets the nod up front, with Rodrigo set to come off the bench at some point in the contest.
Luke Ayling is preferred to Rasmus Kristensen at right-back, while Wilfried Gnonto is named as a substitute once more and after watching Tuesday’s win from the bench, he’ll be looking to play a part this afternoon. The big news is that Adam Forshaw has been included in the squad for the first time this calendar year.
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Forshaw has been struggling with a hip issue but after spending the last three months on the sidelines, he’s been passed fit to be named on the bench.
Leeds United: Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk, Junior Firpo; Weston McKennie, Marc Roca; Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
Bench: Joel Robles, Rasmus Kristensen, Liam Cooper, Sam Greenwood, Wilfried Gnonto, Rodrigo, Georginio Rutter, Crysencio Summerville, Adam Forshaw.