View: Major injury blow to force change, Marsch makes big decision – Leeds predicted XI v Wolves

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Leeds United will look to carry momentum over from their huge win over Norwich on Sunday when they take on Wolves at Molineux on Friday night.

The Whites opened up a four-point gap above the relegation zone thanks to their 95th minute winner at Elland Road.

But injury problems and performances are likely to force manager Jesse Marsch into changes despite a first win in eight games at the weekend.

Illan Meslier made a remarkable save after the winner at the weekend and despite a league high 65 goals conceded, he will keep his place as the undisputed number one in the team.

Marsch almost oversaw a first clean sheet as boss before a 91st-minute concession of focus, but that should seem him go with the same defence.

Luke Ayling was not near his excellent self on the right while Stuart Dallas was his usual reliable self on the left, but both will keep their places in the team, with Junior Firpo expected to be out long term following a knee injury.

Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk have drummed up a decent understanding under Marsch so far and that will continue on Friday against an in-form Wolves side.

In midfield Adam Forshaw was excellent as a shield in front of the back four against Norwich and his ability on the ball helped to build attacks, meaning he should be a regular going forward.

Alongside him will be Mateusz Klich, who made five tackles in the win over Norwich to help gain a foothold in midfield.

Rodrigo got Marsch’s first goal as Leeds manager against Norwich, but he was withdrawn not long after with an injury and could miss this game.

That should see Jack Harrison come back into the side after impressing as a substitute, taking his place behind the striker. Daniel James will line up on the left-wing after playing well, while Raphinha has justified his superstar status in the side.

Up front Patrick Bamford made his first start since December, but was withdrawn at half-time as the staff felt they didn’t want to overwork him.

He could start up front again, but after the introduction and goal by Joe Gelhardt late on there should be less pressure on the manager to lean on the 29-year-old former Chelsea academy man.

Gelhardt has been excellent in his short appearances this season and his goal should have earned him a start with his limitless running in behind and strong finishing.

Predicted Leeds XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Dallas; Forshaw, Klich; Raphinha, Harrison, James; Gelhardt

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