By Mark Smith

15th Oct, 2021 | 9:00am

Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds clash v Southampton

Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to win again in their Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday.

The BBC pundit has predicted that it will finish 2-0 to the Whites, who are looking to back up their first win of the season last time out.

Marcelo Bielsa will be sweating on the fitness of Kalvin Phillips, although Lawrenson believes his return could be key to all three points.

Writing in his BBC predictions column this week, Lawrenson backed the Whites to carry on their momentum.

“Southampton were doing pretty well against Chelsea until James Ward-Prowse was sent off,” he said.

“The end result was another defeat for Saints, who are still without a win after seven games.

“I don’t fancy their chances much here, either, especially if Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back from the calf injury that ruled him out of England duty.”

Phillips the key?

There is as always a couple of big doubts going into this one.

Of course, Phillips being in the starting XI will give the Whites a huge boost, especially with keeping possession and staying solid at the back.

The other is surrounding Raphinha, who started and scored twice for Brazil overnight against Uruguay and will now start his race against time to return.

Bielsa admitted that he still hasn’t been ruled out fully, but if fatigue is going to risk injury, he won’t feature – that would be a blow.

Building on that win over Watford is critical, and if we can hit some momentum, climbing the Premier League will be no issue.

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