By David Woods

15th Jan, 2021 | 7:11am

'Cannot win a game at the moment' – Mark Lawrenson predicts score in Leeds v Brighton clash

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted a routine home win for Leeds United against Brighton in the 3pm kick-off in the Premier League tomorrow.

Both sides come into the game after losses but Leeds have the worst of that. They lost 3-0 to Crawley in the FA Cup while Brighton came away from the Etihad with a 1-0 defeat to Man City.

Writing in his BBC column, Lawrenson claims that Brighton don’t score enough and “cannot win a game at the moment”.

And he thinks that Leeds will beat their ‘direct rivals’ 2-0 to move onto 26 points after just 18 games.

The Seagulls were decent against Manchester City on Wednesday and only lost 1-0, but it doesn’t change the fact they cannot win a game at the moment,” Lawrenson said.

“Graham Potter’s side have got some good players, are well organised and well-coached, and they are easy on the eye – but they don’t score enough goals.

“Maybe sometimes getting the ball up the pitch quicker, before the opposition gets everyone back, might help. With the way Leeds press, playing out from the back against them probably isn’t the best idea anyhow.”

Safety looming already

If Leeds do pick up the three points then a total of 26 points after 18 games is one hell of an achievement.

40 points is the traditional safety target but it’s been a while since any side has been relegated with anywhere near that.

The last four seasons have seen the 18th-placed team go down with 34, 34, 33 and 34 points.

That could mean that a win on Saturday would see Leeds just three wins short of safety with 20 games left.

Meanwhile, Brighton are struggling in 17th place and another defeat could see them getting sucked back into the bottom three.

We think they’re a better side than their current position in the league but goals are a problem. And, when you get to the midway point of the season, it’s hard to say that the league table is lying.

They’ve also got up to six players out and the Leeds players should be more refreshed after a week off.

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