By Saikat Mandal

30th Dec, 2022 | 8:47am

Chris Sutton predicts Leeds United scoreline v Newcastle United for BBC Sport

Leeds United will look to bounce back to winning ways when they travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday (31 December).

The Whites lost 3-1 against Manchester City in their first game after the World Cup, and Chris Sutton predicts a 2-0 defeat for Jesse Marsch’s side while writing his column for BBC Sport.

The Magpies have picked up six wins in a row in the Premier League and they have moved to third in the table, with only two points behind Manchester City.

“Leeds found it tough going against Manchester City on Wednesday and this is another difficult game for them because Newcastle are playing with so much confidence at the moment,” wrote Sutton for BBC Sport.

“We know Leeds will give it everything but Newcastle are solid at the back and they have got plenty of goals in them too.”

Defence

The games are coming thick and fast during the busy festive season and Leeds have another tough game on their hands. 

Sutton is spot on that the Magpies are playing with loads of confidence at the moment, and it looks like it will require a herculean effort to beat them at home. 

Leeds have the quality to get a positive result away from Elland Road as they showed how to do it against Liverpool at Anfield. 

The problem for them is that they just can’t replicate that on a weekly basis, and most importantly, they just don’t seem to learn from their mistakes. 

Against Man City, Leeds remained compact for the most part of the first half and looked for counter-attacks. Even after the scoreline was 1-0, they should have maintained a similar approach, as they managed to score through Pascal Struijk late on. 

However, Leeds themselves are to blame for gifting the second goal after a horrendous pass from Liam Cooper and an equally naive reaction from Robin Koch, which took the game away from them. 

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