By Mark Smith

24th Sep, 2021 | 7:15am

Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds clash v West Ham

Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to pick up their first Premier League win of the season against West Ham tomorrow.

The Whites will be against all odds though with the likes of Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford all out injured.

Lawrenson has predicted that it will finish 2-1 to Marcelo Bielsa’s men despite the Irons’ strong start to the season yet again.

Writing in his BBC prediction column, Lawrenson surprisingly tipped the Whites for victory at Elland Road.

“Leeds are yet to win this season, and they don’t seem to carry the same threat going forward as they did last season,” he wrote.

“They are still conceding plenty of goals, though – 12 in five league games so far, and at least one in every match.

“Despite their poor form, I still think Marcelo Bielsa’s side will come good sooner rather than later. West Ham’s only league defeat came against Manchester United in very strange circumstances, but I fancy Leeds to edge this one.”

Shock.

After Bielsa’s press conference yesterday, it is easy to suggest that not many Leeds fans will be expecting much tomorrow.

It is easy to talk about the supposed poor start to the season in which no wins have come our way, but the squad has been ravaged by injuries yet again.

Once we have that full-strength side available, we should start to breeze past teams once again, but we have to get through this tough period first.

Leeds haven’t had it easy and may be forced to play some under-23 stars against the Hammers, with serious doubts surrounding the likes of Luke Ayling and Raphinha too.

Fingers crossed we are wrong, but a victory appears out of our grasp at this moment in time, no matter who backs us for the three points.

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