Chris Sutton makes groundbreaking Leeds United prediction for Everton clash
Chris Sutton predicts that Leeds United will bounce back from their first defeat of the season with a win against Everton this week.
After tipping the Whites for relegation this is the first time he has them down for a win despite their strong start, including after the huge win over Chelsea a week ago, ironically now picking them to triumph 2-0 just after they first tasted defeat.
After the 1-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday (27 August) United will be desperate to get back to winning ways, and welcome old foe Frank Lampard to Elland Road off the back of two straight 1-1 draws, with his Toffees side likely to include new signing Neal Maupay.
In his BBC Sport predictions for the midweek games Sutton said: “I feel Leeds will bounce back from the loss at the weekend to Brighton. They were one of my tips for relegation but they were so good when they beat Chelsea, playing with such intensity and were in the game against Brighton and I think Jesse Marsch will have them raring to bounce back.
“As for Everton, I am just amazed they never replaced Richarlison. They were unlucky with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury and then have cobbled a team together. Neal Maupay has come in now from Brighton and they got a good point against Brentford but I think they will lose this one.”
Sutton acknowledged the reactions of the Whites faithful in his prediction for the Brighton game, so he no doubt got some more feedback after that.
He was of course actually wrong about that one as well as he thought it would be a draw, but after his early-season expectation that Marsch would be leading his side into the Championship this season it appears he has finally been won over.
If United play anything like they did in the previous home game where they dispatched Chelsea then a win has to be a strong shout, and the Elland Road crowd will certainly help towards that.
And the presence of Lampard in the away dug-out will no doubt increase the volume inside the stadium on Tuesday night (30 August).
Everton finally have a new striker in the squad, and big-money Chelsea target Anthony Gordon showed he wasn’t distracted by the transfer talk with a goal at Brentford at the weekend, so three points can’t be taken for granted.
If Liam Cooper could be fit to make his long-awaited league return it would be a major boost in terms of dealing with that attacking threat, and if Jack Harrison can return to hot form he started the campaign with before he was slated on Sky Sports for his performance at the Amex that would too.
It will be a difficult game but Marsch’s men are the form team of the two so have to be going for the win.