Graham Potter warns Brighton players to prepare for ‘aggressive’ Leeds United
Brighton & Hove Albion’s manager Graham Potter is expecting a ‘hostile’ environment when his team face Leeds United at Elland Road.
The Whites will face off in a must-win clash against the Seagulls on Sunday (15 May) in a bid to avoid dropping into the Championship.
Talking about the match during a press conference, as quoted by Football 365, Potter stated that his players must expect an aggressive performance from the home team in an intimidating environment.
“They’re [Leeds United] a team who’s fighting for their lives,” said Potter. They’re doing everything they can to stay in the Premier League. We respect what they’re trying to do, we respect the game and we’ll go up there and compete and do our best.
“It’s Elland Road, the last home game of the season for them, last chance for them to support the team, so we’re expecting a hostile, tough, challenging environment.
“We expect a hostile game, we expect aggression, we expect all of that because the supporters are going to be trying to help them as much as they can.”
Leeds United are in a tricky position going into the fixture, knowing full well that the onus will be on them to ensure that they secure three crucial points from the match.
The Whites are currently placed in the 18th position in the league table with 34 points, joint with 17th-placed Burnley but with an inferior goal difference.
After conceding as many as 77 goals in the league campaign, they have a goal difference of -38, significantly poorer compared to their closest rivals whose goal difference is currently -17.
Therefore, for the Whites to stay up in England’s top division, they must at least win one of the remaining two matches.
The good news is that two key players — midfielder Raphinha and striker Patrick Bamford — are in contention to take part in the match on Sunday.
Leeds’ final game of the season will be against Brentford on May 22nd at the Brentford Community Stadium.
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