Leeds United's predicted line-up for Southampton clash with Euros in mind and duo on early leave

LEEDS United will take in their penultimate game of the Premier League season at Southampton on Tuesday evening - but how will the Whites line-up?

Monday, 17th May 2021, 12:32 pm
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 12:47 pm
LAST AWAY DAY: For Leeds United comes at Southampton, above, on Tuesday evening. Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images.

Head coach Marcelo Bielsa provided an update as to his latest team news at his Monday morning press conference and revealed that Mateusz Klich and Robin Koch have both been granted early leave ahead of their bids to shine at this summer's Euros with Poland and Germany respectively. Koch is also carrying a slight hip knock.

Bielsa clearly has the international welfare of his players firmly in mind, perhaps worth considering in the last two games when it comes to the involvement of Gjanni Alioski (North Macedonia), Liam Cooper (Scotland), Kalvin Phillips (England), Diego Llorente (Spain) and Rodrigo (Spain), all of whom seem likely to head to the Euros.

That said, this is how we think Leeds will start out at St Mary's.

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Still only 21 years old and all set to bid for a 12th clean sheet as part of an outstanding first season in the Premier League. Not in the France squad yet but surely only a matter of time. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.
Southampton tend to play a front two so Leeds will likely set up with a back three meaning Ayling on the right side of the centre back triumvirate. Still no England call despite his fine form. Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images.
Llorente has now started United's last 12 games and again impressed at Burnley. Probably the first centre-back on the team sheet at present although it's worth remembering that Llorente is likely heading to the Euros with Spain.
Can represent Belgium or the Netherlands and another 21-year-old making superb progress, keeping his place at Burnley even with captain Liam Cooper back fit. It might be that Cooper again has to settle for a place on the bench. Could also play CDM. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.
The Yorkshire Pirlo is back fully fit after a recent knee injury and was superb at Burnley. Phillips is surely heading to the Euros and clearly starts at CDM unless he is rested with England in mind. Could even be pushed forward to replace Klich.
The leading shout to be United's player of the season and another stint on the right side of a three man midfield in front of Phillips looks likely for the Northern Ireland international. Photo by Ian Walton - Pool/Getty Images.
Involved in controversy in Saturday's clash at Burnley but the North Macedonian international is ending the season strongly and looks set to start wide left as part of a midfield three in front of Phillips. Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images.
Speaking of internationals, surely one day Raphinha will make the Brazil squad. The dazzling winger is back fit after a recent thigh injury and looks certain to start on the right wing. Photo by MARTIN RICKETT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.
Harrison is now on eight goals and eight assists for the season and must be at least knocking on the door for a first England call at some point. A banker to start wide left. Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.
There'll be at least one change with Klich granted leave ahead of the Euros which also beckon for Rodrigo with Spain. Tyler Roberts or Jamie Shackleton are other candidates to start, or Cooper at CB with Struijk at CDM and Phillips pushed up.
Quiet at Burnley and subbed for Rodrigo but sixth in the Golden Boot race on 15 goals and determined to make a late push to make Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Euros. Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.