'Especially hard to call' - Mark Lawrenson predicts winner in Leeds clash v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to return to winning ways in the Premier League against Arsenal on Sunday.

The BBC pundit has predicted that the Whites will take all three points in a 2-1 victory, claiming the Gunners are far too inconsistent.

Leeds have lost back-to-back games, but have never lost three-in-a-row under Marcelo Bielsa in his three years at Elland Road.

Writing in his BBC predictions column, Lawrenson backed the Whites to end their losing streak against the Gunners.

“There’s surely got to be a reaction from Arsenal, after such a poor performance in their defeat by Aston Villa,” he wrote.

“But I am going to go with Leeds here. I really do think this game is especially hard to call, but that is Leeds at the moment – they will go for it, but give the opposition chances.

“With the Gunners, the question is more about whether they turn up as a team – a case of ‘same old Arsenal’ if you like.”

It is a massive clash for both sides, and Leeds are coming into this with better luck.

The Whites will welcome back Rodrigo, and could also have Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente returning from injuries after the international break.

Arsenal, on the other hand, will be without Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac, with Thomas Partey also a big doubt through injury.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sleeping on an airport floor through the week, and news has broken on Thursday that they have only just resolved a major training ground bust-up.

Leeds and Bielsa must take advantage of all of this.

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