Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds clash v Leicester
Mark Lawrenson has backed Leicester City to leave Leeds United with all three points on Sunday afternoon.
The BBC pundit has predicted that it will finish 2-1 to the Foxes at Elland Road, with Jamie Vardy tipped to cause havoc.
Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping for some consistency after the big win against Norwich last time out and could welcome back some of his injured contingents.
Writing in his BBC predictions column on Thursday, Lawrenson wasn’t impressed with what he has seen from the Whites.
“Leeds just don’t look quite the same side as they were last season,” he said.
“When I watched their win over Norwich they were good going forward but, defensively, it felt like they were going to concede every time the ball came into their area. They’ve been open before, but not like that.
“Marcelo Bielsa’s side still got a good result at Carrow Road, but they were very shaky and when I think about Leicester’s Jamie Vardy running at their back four, I don’t fancy their chances of keeping him quiet.”
This is something that Leeds and Bielsa will be praying for in the Premier League this season, especially after last week.
It wasn’t pretty against Norwich, but the Whites took home the three points despite being nowhere near their best.
If the likes of Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling return from injury ahead of the international break, it would be huge for everyone.
Elland Road will be rocking once again, and high-flying teams such as West Ham have found that difficult this season already.
Leicester have been struggling for consistency themselves, losing against Arsenal over the weekend, as well as playing in the Europa League this evening.
Could that hand Leeds the advantage fitness-wise? We certainly hope so.
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