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FPL team guides: Leeds United – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

We continue our team-by-team guides with Leeds United, seeing what their players have to offer.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series (articles that will be refreshed before the big kick-off).

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored1315th
Shots13013th
Shots in the box8712th
Shots on target40=14th
Big chances25=5th
Expected goals (xG)15.5012th

*Rankings are weighted per game due to the different number of matches that clubs played from Gameweek 28 onwards


A final-day victory over Brentford saw Leeds United become the first side in 11 years to climb out of the relegation zone on the occasion.

Besides this and a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Wolves, it was a troublesome 2021/22 campaign that included the sad dismissal of beloved icon Marcelo Bielsa after a five-match spell where 20 goals were conceded.

The statistics above and below are for head coach Jesse Marsch’s subsequent 12 games in charge. As Double Gameweeks meant teams played between 11 and 14 times after his arrival, the ranks arrange them ‘per game’ to enable a fair comparison.

From Gameweek 28, Leeds hover in the lower mid-table for underlying attacking stats but had the fifth-most big chances, joint with Liverpool and Arsenal.

Undoubtedly, the sale of Raphinha to Barcelona will be a huge loss. The Brazilian was far ahead of all teammates for goals (11), shots (88), chances created (65) and FPL points (145). Replacing such a talisman is difficult, although having Patrick Bamford (£7.5m) back from multiple injuries will finally quality to their forward line.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded1913th
Clean sheets2=12th
Shots conceded17113th
Shots in the box conceded11613th
Shots on target conceded6717th
Big chances conceded2312th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)19.3311th

*Rankings are weighted per game due to the different number of matches that clubs played from Gameweek 28 onwards


In isolation, the only poor defensive number under Marsch is for conceding shots on target. The rest aren’t too alarming.

However, their backline was catastrophic in Bielsa’s 26 matches, letting in four or more goals on six occasions. Leeds were the league’s worst for goals against (60), attempts on target conceded (157) and big chances allowed (71) and second-worst in most other defensive measurements.

As a result, no defensive assets brought FPL appeal, especially as only six goals and eight assists came from there. Perhaps things would have been better had defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m) not missed three months with a hamstring injury but his summer sale to Manchester City only reinforces how important it is that Marc Roca and Tyler Adams (both £5.0m) quickly get used to Premier League life.

Rasmus Kristensen (£5.0m) looks like a shrewd singing at both ends of the field, at least.


OPENING FIXTURES

Marsch’s side are bit of an unknown quantity ahead of this new campaign.

The American’s first summer at Elland Road has seen arguably his two best players depart but three replacements have so far arrived from the Red Bull clubs where he made his name, alongside Roca and Sinisterra.

Marsch has been fielding strong line-ups in pre-season to help establish team familiarity, as their initial fixture run is full of promise.

According to our Season Ticker, only Arsenal have a better opening seven matches and, when extending this to Gameweek 10, Leeds are in first place.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

 

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831 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SamShi
    • 8 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    A) Alisson, Diaz and Haaland

    OR

    B) Sanchez, Salah and C Wilson

    Thanks

    1. The Overthinker
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      B

  2. The Overthinker
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    Trossard being overlooked?

    1. SonnyPikey
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        For man u away? No.

        1. The Overthinker
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Will you change your 11 every gameweek.?

          Have you seen Manchester United's def?

          1. SonnyPikey
              15 days, 15 hours ago

              Yes and yes

              1. The Overthinker
                • 5 Years
                15 days, 15 hours ago

                Good luck with -20 every gw then.

                1. SonnyPikey
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    Whatever.

              2. SonnyPikey
                  15 days, 15 hours ago

                  Have you seen brighton record at OT?

                  1. The Overthinker
                    • 5 Years
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    I've seen Manchester United play for 17 years now. And on basis of that, especially in last 3 years and current form, I know they will concede.

                    And if they concede, there's high probability that trossard will be involved

                    1. SonnyPikey
                        15 days, 15 hours ago

                        Yes but better picks elsewhere

                    2. Bartowski
                      • 11 Years
                      15 days, 15 hours ago

                      Did you see what happened last time they played just two and a half months ago though:

                      https://www.worldfootball.net/report/premier-league-2021-2022-brighton-hove-albion-manchester-united/

                      1. SonnyPikey
                          15 days, 15 hours ago

                          Different ground genius

                          1. Bartowski
                            • 11 Years
                            15 days, 14 hours ago

                            Same teams though, I didn't mention the ground did I.

                            1. SonnyPikey
                                15 days, 14 hours ago

                                No but I mentioned it

                                1. Bartowski
                                  • 11 Years
                                  15 days, 14 hours ago

                                  Sure and the other guy mentioned Man U's defence and I mentioned their last meeting. It's part of a wider discussion as to the result next week, all points we made are relative to that.

                  2. Bartowski
                    • 11 Years
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    He sometimes played as a wing back last season which obviously doesn't discount him from getting returns but you'd usually like you OOP players further up the pitch not the other way around.

                • Qaiss
                  • 6 Years
                  15 days, 15 hours ago

                  Which one

                  A) Salah + Kane + Grealish

                  B) Son + Haaland + Luis Diaz

                  1. The Overthinker
                    • 5 Years
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    B

                  2. PartyTime
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    B

                  3. FarkeMee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    A

                  4. Jordihv
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 7 hours ago

                    A

                • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                  • 10 Years
                  15 days, 15 hours ago

                  Goal 3-0 Edouard with a brace!

                • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                  • 10 Years
                  15 days, 15 hours ago

                  Lovely taken goal as well. Looking sharp.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    15 days, 15 hours ago

                    Palace could do well

                • PartyTime
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 15 hours ago

                  Palace had better spank Arsenal

                  1. SonnyPikey
                      15 days, 15 hours ago

                      They really won't

                      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                        • 10 Years
                        15 days, 15 hours ago

                        We will see.

                        1. SonnyPikey
                            15 days, 15 hours ago

                            Won't happen again. Arsenal are on a mission

                      2. Bartowski
                        • 11 Years
                        15 days, 15 hours ago

                        2-2

                        1. PartyTime
                          • 1 Year
                          15 days, 15 hours ago

                          Would be nice if Jesus blanks tho, get 70% of managers mad before Saturday morning

                          1. Bartowski
                            • 11 Years
                            15 days, 15 hours ago

                            Bound to happen. FPL loves to disappoint.

                            1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                              • 10 Years
                              15 days, 14 hours ago

                              aint this the truth 🙂 (and I will be going with Jesus from the start)

                      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                        • 12 Years
                        15 days, 15 hours ago

                        Pre season means nothing

                        Palace 2-0 I reckon

                        1. SonnyPikey
                            15 days, 15 hours ago

                            Lol this

                          • PartyTime
                            • 1 Year
                            15 days, 15 hours ago

                            2-1 Zaha brace, Xhaka

                            1. SonnyPikey
                                15 days, 15 hours ago

                                2-3

                        2. Azzastaan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          15 days, 15 hours ago

                          Tomiyasu A
                          White B

                        3. GreennRed
                          • 10 Years
                          15 days, 15 hours ago

                          Has Gelhardt any chance of regular starts for Marsch?

                          1. SonnyPikey
                              15 days, 15 hours ago

                              Doubt it with Bamford back

                              1. GreennRed
                                • 10 Years
                                15 days, 14 hours ago

                                Cheers Sonny. Will wait until Thursday for some team news. Leeds fans don't seem to have much faith in Marsch. Seemingly impressing against poor opposition could have him picking Dan James up front.

                                https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/sport/leeds-united/leeds-united-attack-daniel-james-24602223#comments-wrapper

                          2. Nightcrawler
                            • 3 Years
                            15 days, 15 hours ago

                            If u were making a team just for gw1

                            Would u go for Wilson or Jesus?

                            1. MYNAMEISBigtopmark.sman
                              • 5 Years
                              15 days, 14 hours ago

                              Def wilson

                          3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                            • 12 Years
                            15 days, 15 hours ago

                            Haaland kdb mahrez Grealish all start

                            1. Bartowski
                              • 11 Years
                              15 days, 15 hours ago

                              Yeah but that's just Pep spinning the wheel for the season...

                            2. ZimZalabim
                              • 6 Years
                              15 days, 14 hours ago

                              are they playing 4-2-3-1 now ?

                          4. SonnyPikey
                              15 days, 15 hours ago

                              LOL Foden

                            • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                              • 10 Years
                              15 days, 14 hours ago

                              Goal 4-0 Marc Guéhi

                              1. ZimZalabim
                                • 6 Years
                                15 days, 14 hours ago

                                who is palace playing btw ?

                                Excuse the ignorance please

                                1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                                  • 10 Years
                                  15 days, 14 hours ago

                                  No probs, Montpellier

                            • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                              • 10 Years
                              15 days, 14 hours ago

                              Yet another Eze assist

                            • ZimZalabim
                              • 6 Years
                              15 days, 14 hours ago

                              Hi all, How is everyone doing ?
                              I'm just getting back into the game over past few days, after a much needed break from football, feeling excited for the new season now !!

                              Made a draft earlier this week, somewhat template I think what do you think ?

                              Sanchez
                              Trent Cancelo James Gabriel
                              Salah Saka Coutinho Neto
                              Haaland Jesus

                              Steele Neco Dasilva Plange

                              not sure on a few of these picks though, was thinking about trying to turn into a 3 premium team and adding in a spurs attacker and dropping James, Coutinho and Saka. What do you guys reckon ?

                              1. OneMan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                15 days, 13 hours ago

                                3 premiums would misbalance the team to much.

                            • SonnyPikey
                                15 days, 14 hours ago

                                ASM Goal

                              • SonnyPikey
                                  15 days, 14 hours ago

                                  Trossard 2 goals 4-0

                                  1. The Overthinker
                                    • 5 Years
                                    15 days, 14 hours ago

                                    Ahem ahem

                                • porkido
                                  • 8 Years
                                  15 days, 9 hours ago

                                  Leeds scored 13 goals last season?