Leeds United host Brighton on Sunday afternoon in the final Premier League match at Elland Road for this season, if not beyond.
With just two games left of the campaign, Leeds find themselves below the fearsome perforated line. They may be level on points with Burnley but the Clarets – who play ahead of Leeds on Sunday – have a game in hand and a mightily superior goal difference.
Here’s the XI Jesse Marsch may deploy in a bid to ensure Premier League football returns to Elland Road next August.
Illan Meslier (GK) – Leeds’ baby-faced number one may have made more saves than any other Premier League custodian but he’s also conceded the most goals in the division.
Robin Koch (RB) – The Germany international has been shunted all over the pitch during his Leeds career but may find himself in the right-back slot Luke Ayling’s suspension has vacated.
Diego Llorente (CB) – The Spanish centre-back is responsible for the one goal Leeds have scored in the last six hours of Premier League football their vocal fans have suffered through.
Liam Cooper (CB) – All five of the Premier League clean sheets Leeds have kept this season have unsurprisingly come while Cooper was in the starting XI.
Junior Firpo (LB) – Leeds have lost the previous eight Premier League matches Firpo has appeared in, last tasting victory with the former Barcelona full-back in tow back in January.
Kalvin Phillips (CM) – England’s men’s senior player of the season last term insists that his future lies in Leeds whatever the future may hold.
Lewis Bate (CM) – Had his work cut out for him on his first-ever Premier League start against Chelsea in midweek but could be given the chance to play in a team with a full complement of players for more than 24 minutes this weekend.
Mateusz Klich (AM) – With Dan James suspended until next season, Klich – who isn’t the most saintly midfielder – may be called upon to fill the void of his indiscipline.
Raphinha (RW) – The only Leeds player in double digits for goals scored this season has found the net just once in his last 11 top-flight outings.
Joe Gelhardt (ST) – Despite being afforded just three league starts all season, Gelhardt has been directly involved in three Premier League goals.
Rodrigo (LW) – While Jack Harrison is an injury concern, Rodrigo could be shifted onto the flank as Leeds’ thin squad rears its anaemic head once again.