Chris Sutton predicts Leeds United result at Brighton, knows he won't have pleased their fans
Chris Sutton has predicted Leeds United to maintain their unbeaten run when they visit Brighton in the Premier League with a draw.
Coming off the back of the scintillating 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend (21 August) hopes might have been high that the pundit might tip the Whites for their first win of the season, but he has gone for a 1-1 scoreline at the Amex on 27 August.
The Seagulls have had an equally impressive start to the season, including victory at Old Trafford in their opener, and are level on points, so Sutton thinks it will be a tight affair despite admitting his surprise at how well Leeds have done so far, picking out some of the midfield men.
In his weekly BBC Sport predictions he said: “Leeds have really surprised me, in a good way. Their fans are quick in letting me know I haven’t predicted a win for them, yet!
“Their new signings have bedded in – Brenden Aaronson is getting a lot of attention, while midfielders Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have shown they are decent pieces of business as well.
“These sides drew both fixtures last season and Brighton do not concede many, but I fancy them to score. However, I also think Leeds will score as well, so we will go for 1-1.”
Having tipped Jesse Marsch’s side to go down it looks like Sutton is finally cottoning onto the fact that he might have got that one wrong.
But he will likely be getting some more contact from Leeds fans having managed to avoid predicted a win still.
Graham Potter’s side is doing an admirable job, and were this game at Elland Road then perhaps the balance would be tipped clearly in the home side’s direction, but if you aren’t considered good for a win after rolling over Chelsea 3-0 then when will you be?
Marsch will have to get his men to surprise once again, and if the likes of Aaronson and Rodrigo can continue in their rich vein of form there is no reason why that won’t happen.
Even if they are to drop points on the south coast at the weekend it will still be a very impressive start to the season, with the omens looking good currently that the relegation-threatened previous campaign can be consigned to memory.
Maybe a few of the many other pundits who saw Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips leave and immediately expected the Whites to go down will be changing their opinions also, and a result at Brighton will back that up.
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