Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds United clash v Brentford
Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to record consecutive victories when they host Brentford at Elland Road on Sunday (5 December).
Leeds snapped out of a three-game winless run on Tuesday night (30 November) with a late 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the same venue, courtesy of a Raphinha penalty.
Now, writing in his BBC predictions column on Thursday night, ex-Liverpool defender Lawrenson predicts Marcelo Bielsa’s men to beat the Bees 2-0 this weekend.
“Leeds are still not in full-flow going forward but their results are steadily improving and I think they will continue to edge away from the relegation zone,” he said.
“Brentford will keep on picking enough points to stay safe, especially at home, but I don’t see them getting anything at Elland Road.”
Leeds now have a terrific opportunity to record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season.
It’s been a fairly wretched season so far for the Whites who have struggled under the high expectations set after their ninth-place finish last term.
Injuries have hit them hard with the likes of Patrick Bamford and Robin Koch spending significant periods on the sidelines, but they’ve still disappointed in some winnable games.
Tuesday’s late success over the Eagles should breed some confidence into the side now, though, and Brentford look like the perfect opponents.
The Bees have won just once in their last seven Premier League games – a 1-0 win over strugglers Everton last Sunday (28 November).
This week has thrown up two home games against sides in the bottom half of the division, and Leeds must take advantage of that to put some breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone.