Leeds United travel to the Midlands on Friday evening as they look to get back to winning ways against Wolves.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side could only score two consolation goals against Arsenal in their last game as Mikel Arteta’s side initially ran rampant at the Emirates.

The Whites have had mixed fortunes in February, beating Crystal Palace comfortably prior to the Arsenal game, but losing 2-1 to an inconsistent Everton side at the beginning of the month.

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In his weekly Premier League predictions for BBC Sport, Mark Lawrenson claimed that Leeds could struggle without key man Kalvin Phillips.

He said: “Wolves have picked up a bit in the last couple of weeks, and have started to pose more of a threat going forward.

“But I think the key to this one is whether Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back from his calf injury. They are not a one-man team in terms of how they go at you, but he is their fulcrum – they are not the same without him holding things together in the middle.

“Phillips missed last weekend’s game with Arsenal, and Leeds were over-run for long spells. Without him, I don’t think they will keep Wolves at bay.”

The BBC pundit has backed Wolves to claim a home victory of 2-1 over Bielsa’s men.

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Resurgent Wolves could pose problem

Wolves do certainly seem to have turned a corner over the past few weeks, and that could prove problematic for us.

Nuno has guided his side to Premier League wins over Arsenal and Southampton this month, while Leicester were held to a goalless draw at Molineux.

Meanwhile, we hardly inspired against the Gunners, despite two second-half goals from Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa.

Lawrenson does make a point in regards to the importance of Kalvin Phillips though. The Whites have only won a single game without the midfielder in the Premier League this season, having lost the other four.

That said, Leeds have scored in each of their last five Premier League games, and with Wolves’ back-line being less than secure this season you’d bank on us to score at least once.

Even with Phillips out of the game, Bielsa will surely feel as though his side have every chance to claim all of the spoils on Friday.

In other Leeds news, Illan Meslier’s stats show pundits are wrong to criticise Leeds keeper.


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