By Saikat Mandal

26th Nov, 2021 | 6:43am

Paul Merson predicts result of Leeds clash v Brighton

Leeds United will face Brighton in the Premier League clash on Saturday at the Amex Stadium.

Ahead of the match, popular football pundit Paul Merson has predicted a 2-0 defeat for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The Sky Sports pundit has suggested that Leeds have improved in recent games, and that they should have got something from their last game against Tottenham.

He says that the Whites need to be “consistent” to climb up the table. He expects a “hard game”, and has backed Brighton to nick away a 2-0 win comfortably.

“Leeds United were outstanding in the first half against Spurs last week, and I thought there was no way they were going to lose that game. They were poor in the second half, however, and need to be more consistent to move up the table,” wrote Merson for SportsKeeda.

“Leeds are better than they were at the start of this Premier League season, but this is a hard game for them. Brighton have been impressive under Graham Potter and I’d back them to win this match comfortably.”

Improvement

Based on the last two performances, that were against Leicester and Spurs, the indication is that they are gradually improving from what they were in the early part of the season.

However, they need points on board. At the moment, they are in the middle of a relegation fight, although there is a feeling that Leeds will get better.

Obviously, the injuries to key players didn’t help. Patrick Bamford, Robin Koch and Luke Ayling have returned to training but they are unlikely to take part in this fixture.

Rodrigo and Raphinha missed the last game. They both have returned to training and are set to play against Brighton.

It is really interesting that Bielsa hasn’t ever had the luxury of having a fully fit squad.

The Whites have picked up just one win from their last five games in the Premier League. The next three games are absolutely vital, starting with Brighton, and Leeds must aim for all three points tomorrow.

In other Leeds United news, the club are tracking a contract rebel who they are keen on signing in January