BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to beat Brighton 2-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
That would break a two-game spell of consecutive draws for the Whites but it would also extend their unbeaten streak to seven games, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side without defeat since a 2-0 loss to West Ham on March 8.
Brighton beat Leeds 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Elland Road in January, but writing in his regular column on the BBC website, Lawrenson predicts the fortunes to change this time around.
“I watched Brighton win at Elland Road in January and I’d argue the Seagulls haven’t played better than that very often this season,” he said.
“Graham Potter’s side stood up to Leeds that day, and in the end they won comfortably – although typically they only scored once.
“This time, I think it is going to be very close.
“I am glad to hear this week’s guest Ben is a Brighton fan, and I just hope I don’t upset him with my prediction for this one.”
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It’s been a pretty remarkable run of results from us lately, despite a hugely tough fixture list that has seen us play last season’s top four in the last seven games.
We’ve remained unbeaten and taken six points from those four games, as well as taking maximum points against Championship-bound Sheffield United and Fulham, so we’re showing that we can mix it against any side regardless of size or tactics.
Brighton, meanwhile, head into Saturday’s clash in horrendous form with no goals in their last three and winless in their last four.
They’re still in danger of relegation and after our last game they will retain some confidence, but we’re on a roll and should be buoyed by shutting out Bruno Fernandes and co last weekend.
A win would still give us an outside chance of securing a European spot this season with Tottenham Hotspur only six points ahead in seventh, while it would also massively strengthen our top ten credentials with just four games to go after this round of fixtures.
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