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While Jesse Marsch was temporarily able to steady the ship, he may not be able to prevent it from sinking completely, as a run of three straight defeats to three members of the Premier League’s Big Six has brought the Whites crashing back down to earth after their five-game unbeaten streak.
Leeds may have threatened the unlikeliest of comebacks at the Emirates in their eventual 2-1 loss to Arsenal, but they were swept aside by Chelsea on Wednesday night as Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku all netted for the Blues at Elland Road.
Losing another player to suspension rubbed salt into the wounds for Leeds, whose survival destiny is now out of their own hands as they occupy 18th spot in the table – two points adrift of Everton and behind Burnley on goal difference having played a game more than both clubs.
Everton could complete their survival task against Brentford, but with Burnley facing a daunting trip to Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds will do everything in their power to gain the upper hand in the relegation dogfight before travelling to the Bees on the final day.
Conceding nine goals in their last three games has contributed to Marsch’s side letting in a total of 77 throughout the campaign – just one behind the leakiest defence of Norwich City – and Brighton were in a particularly ruthless mood in their most recent encounter.
With Luke Ayling already watching on from the naughty step after his sending off at the Emirates, Daniel James is also sitting out the rest of the season after a nasty tackle on Mateo Kovacic led to his early dismissal on Wednesday.
Jack Harrison lasted just 37 minutes against Chelsea due to a contusion but should be fine for this game, while Crysencio Summerville, Tyler Roberts, Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw continue their spells on the sidelines.
Marsch has not ruled out the prospect of Patrick Bamford earning some minutes here, but they will surely come from the bench, as Joe Gelhardt hopes to take advantage of James’s absence to spearhead the charge.
Meanwhile, Brighton boss Potter has revealed that Enock Mwepu has taken part in some light training, but the midfielder’s groin injury will still not let up in time for the trip to Leeds.
Jeremy Sarmiento and Jakub Moder also remain sidelined for the visitors, with Potter expecting to work with the same crop of players from the thumping of Man United.
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Ex-Red Devil Danny Welbeck did not get on the scoresheet against his old club, but he has relegated Neal Maupay to the bench and should not be in any danger of losing his place in the XI.
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Koch, Llorente, Cooper, Firpo; Klich, Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison; Gelhardt
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; March, Veltman, Dunk, Cucurella; Bissouma, Caicedo; Gross, Mac Allister, Trossard; Welbeck