'With the Leeds defence still makeshift...' – Jeff Stelling predicts Leeds v Brighton clash
Sky Sports broadcaster Jeff Stelling has said that Brighton will “frustrate” Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday and come away with a point.
Stelling thinks the game will end up 1-1 with Leeds going for the win but Brighton scoring for a share of the spoils.
Writing on the Sky Sports Super Six site, Stelling said, “Brighton are hanging dangerously around the relegation zone but will frustrate Leeds at Elland Road.
“Marcelo Bielsa’s boys will go after this one specifically as they only need four or five wins to all-but secure safety.
“With the Leeds defence still makeshift, Brighton will have enough to score and grab a point.”
Leeds boost, Brighton blow
Stelling might want to upgrade his prediction after Marcelo Bielsa gave his squad almost a complete clean bill of health today in his pre-match press conference.
Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper are fit to play, with only Robin Koch, Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi now out.
By contrast, Brighton have up to six players out for the game and will be fatigued after playing Man City on Wednesday, following their epic penalties win in the FA Cup at the weekend.
The match will be notable for the return to Elland Road of Ben White after a very successful loan period last season.
Leeds wanted him back but Brighton refused to do business saying they wouldn’t deal with a direct rival.
Leeds now have the chance to prove that assessment of the two teams a lie by moving to 26 points before the midway point of the season. Brighton could drop into the bottom three if they lose and Fulham win.
With a 40-point target for safety, Stelling isn’t far off when he talks about five wins and that’s a great position for Leeds to be in at this stage of the season.
We’re going for a home win – 3-1.
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