BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Leeds United will come back from Villa Park with all three points on Friday night.
He thinks that Leeds will edge a 2-1 scoreline after losing to Wolves 1-0 on Monday night, despite the loss of Kalvin Phillips to injury.
Lawrenson said that was a ‘blow to Leeds’ but that they wouldn’t play any differently because of the loss of their star man.
Writing in his regular column on the BBC Lawrenson said, “Villa are going great guns, with four wins out of four in the Premier League so far. It’s not just been their results that have been impressive because they have been playing well too.
“But I just fancy Leeds here. I watched them against Wolves on Monday and, although they ended up being beaten, it is clear already this season that, even if they are not playing well, they are competitive and they will give everyone a good game.
“Kalvin Phillips is out injured, which is a blow to Leeds because he covers acres and acres for them. But you won’t see anything different from them on Friday – they won’t change the way they play because one of their better players is out.”
Big game for Leeds
Kalvin Phillips is a huge loss to Leeds but it’s testament to the squad that Marcelo Bielsa has built that pundits like Lawro think they’ve got the depth to shrug his absence off.
Villa are the only side in the whole of the football league pyramid with a 100% record but he thinks that Leeds will blow that away tonight at their home ground.
We think that a win is so important to Leeds tonight.
After a narrow defeat to Wolves on Monday, it’s really important that this doesn’t become two against Villa and then three in a row against a really good Leicester side.
It’s all about the three points tonight but there’s a wider picture at play, too.
Villa aren’t a terrible side but they haven’t turned from relegation fodder to league winners overnight.
They can’t keep winning and if their 7-2 win against Liverpool goes to their heads and they try to go toe-to-toe with Leeds tonight, we think they’ll come off second best.
A 2-1 win would be just the tonic that Leeds need.
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