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Jul 31, 2021 at 12.30pm UK at Elland Road
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Real Betis
Bamford (6'), Klich (57')
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Ruibal (9'), Iglesias (21'), Sabaly (54')

Preview: Leeds United vs. Real Betis - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Pre-Season Friendlies clash between Leeds United and Real Betis, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Leeds United will play their fourth match in the space of five days on Saturday afternoon, with the Whites taking on La Liga outfit Real Betis at the Loughborough University Stadium.

Marcelo Bielsa's side are building towards their Premier League opener against Manchester United on August 14, while Betis will start their La Liga campaign away to Mallorca on the same day.

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa pictured on February 14, 2021© Reuters

Leeds continued their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, with Pascal Struijk cancelling out an effort from Connor McBride.

The Whites also beat Guiseley 3-2 on Tuesday, although the fixture was largely an Under-23s affair, with head coach Bielsa deciding to keep his first-team players back for the clash with Blackburn.

Leeds will take on Fleetwood Town on Friday night before tackling Real Betis the next afternoon, with the Premier League club, as mentioned, facing four matches in the space of five days.

Bielsa's side will round off their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Ajax on August 4 before facing Man United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the new Premier League campaign.

Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison have both joined Leeds this summer, with the latter completing a permanent move from Manchester City, while the club have also brought in youngsters Lewis Bate, Amari Miller and Sean McGurk ahead of the new season.

Real Betis head coach Manuel Pellegrini pictured on November 7, 2020© Reuters

Betis, meanwhile, opened their pre-season with a 4-0 victory over FC Winterthur on July 17 before suffering back-to-back 1-0 defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County in their last two fixtures.

Wayne Rooney's Derby side ran out winners courtesy of a second-half effort from Max Bird, and Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini will be wary of suffering another defeat to an English club this weekend.

The Seville outfit will complete their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Roma on August 7 before opening their La Liga campaign away to Mallorca on August 14.

Los Verdiblancos impressed in Spain's top flight last term, finishing sixth, meaning that they have automatically qualified for the group stage of the 2021-22 Europa League.

Betis have been relatively quiet this summer in terms of incomings, but they have managed to sign Juan Miranda, Rui Silva and Youssouf Sabaly on free transfers.

Leeds United Pre-Season Friendlies form:
  • W
  • D

Real Betis Pre-Season Friendlies form:
  • W
  • L
  • L

Team News

Leeds United's Raphinha and Jack Harrison celebrate their second goal against Sheffield United in the Premier League on April 3, 2021© Reuters

It is difficult to know exactly what to expect from the Leeds XI considering that the Whites will be in action against Fleetwood on Friday night.

Bielsa could decide to name some of the Under-23s against Fleetwood before returning to a stronger lineup against Betis, with Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Harrison all in line for some minutes.

Firpo made his debut against Blackburn following a summer move from Barcelona, and the left-back is expected to retain his spot in the side, with Luke Ayling potentially operating at right-back.

Betis, meanwhile, are expected to send a strong XI onto the field, with Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales and Loren Moron potentially featuring as the front three from the first whistle.

William Carvalho, who represented Portugal at this summer's European Championship, is also available and could now start, having been used off the bench against Derby last time out.

New signing Sabaly is in line for another start at the back, while Kike Hermoso, who is training with the first team this summer, may again feature in the middle of the defence.

Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Koch, Firpo; Klich, Rodrigo, Roberts; Raphinha, Bamford, Harrison

Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Silva; Sabaly, Ruiz, Hermoso, Miranda; Guardado, Carvalho, Camarasa; Fekir, Moron, Canales

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We say: Leeds United 1-1 Real Betis

This will be another competitive match for Leeds, who are packing in a lot of football in the final stages of July. The Whites will believe that they can cause plenty of problems to their Spanish opponents, but we fancy a low-scoring draw on Saturday afternoon.

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