By Craig Scott

21st Jan, 2022 | 12:40pm

Mark Lawrenson reacts to transfer links, predicts score of Leeds United v Newcastle

Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds United will win a third Premier League game in a row when they welcome Newcastle United to Elland Road on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men stunned West Ham with a 3-2 win at the London Stadium on Sunday as they moved themselves nine points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Lawrenson expects Leeds to further strengthen their position this weekend but doesn’t feel the same way about Newcastle’s survival hopes.

Despite all the transfer speculation and the signings of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood this month, the Liverpool legend still feels relegation is on the cards for the Magpies and predicts Leeds to beat them 2-0 on Saturday.

Writing on the BBC Sport website, Lawrenson said: “Leeds have just won back-to-back league games for the first time this season and, after a six-month hangover, they are starting to look more like the team we expected them to be.

“They are still in the bottom six, but they are pulling away from the relegation zone and I’m expecting them to keep on doing that.

“Newcastle, in contrast, remain in big trouble. They are getting linked with players every single day of this transfer window, which is understandable given the situation they are in, but their problem is that they are still not winning games.

“They don’t really look like they are going to win games, either – including this one.

“The signings they have made this month, defender Kieran Trippier and striker Chris Wood, have improved them but not enough to change their fortunes. Until they get more signings done, I just think they are going to be beaten.”

Not as easy as we think

West Ham must have been confident about their chances of beating us on Sunday.

They’d just knocked us out of the FA Cup, they didn’t have too many players missing, they were in good form and we had just a handful of senior players available.

However, Jack Harrison’s hat-trick meant we won 3-2 at the London Stadium.

Let’s not be over-confident about our chances against Newcastle but we feel as though Eddie Howe’s side is always going to be capable of springing the odd result, no matter who it’s against.

Newcastle’s squad is stronger now than it was a few weeks ago with Wood and Trippier joining but it’s still a team that could be relegated based on how weak their central midfield and central defensive options are.

Newcastle are struggling to sign new players and we do not expect anyone to come in before they travel to Elland Road on Saturday.

But there’s just that annoying little voice in the back of our heads that’s telling us we might not win this game.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds have been told to pay over £6million to sign a “terrific” player who’s been tipped to move on.