Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to return to winning ways in the Premier League against Newcastle on Tuesday evening.
The BBC pundit has predicted that the Whites will leave St James’ Park with a 2-0 victory, their first win since before the New Year.
Leeds go into this one full of rest after their Premier League clash against Southampton was postponed before the latest round of FA Cup fixtures.
Writing in his BBC predictions column, Lawrenson claimed that the Whites could even spell the end of Steve Bruce’s reign in charge at the Magpies.
“Leeds are another side who had the weekend off after going out of the FA Cup and, the way they play, that rest will make them even more dangerous,” he said.
“They will be running even more than usual, and they have key midfielder Kalvin Phillips back after he missed the defeat by Brighton through suspension.
“Newcastle are in awful form – without a win in 10 games in all competitions, with seven defeats and only four goals in that period.”
Leeds go into this one with plenty of positive news.
The players have had rest, and they will welcome back the likes of Illan Meslier, with Diego Llorente also set for his first start in the Premier League.
With the Spaniard having built his fitness with the under-23s, this could be the first time we see a so-called normal back four in the Premier League.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have won one game in their past 11 fixtures and are in dire straits in the Premier League.
The Whites will be desperate for three points, and there aren’t many better clubs to face than the Magpies at this time.
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