By Jonty Banks

19th Jan, 2023 | 9:40pm

Mark Lawrenson predicts outcome of Leeds United clash v Brentford in Premier League

Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Leeds United will return to winning ways in the Premier League when they face Brentford on Sunday (22 January).

Jesse Marsch’s side have struggled for consistency this term, and despite impressing against Aston Villa, were stung twice on the counter-attack and eventually fell to a 2-1 loss.

The Whites will face a stern test in Thomas Frank’s high-flying Bees, who have claimed a draw and three consecutive wins in the league since the World Cup break.

When making his predictions for Paddy Power, former BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson said: “I know they haven’t won in the league for a while but I’m going for Leeds to win this.

“I love watching them because they’re just mad, absolutely mad.

“They’ve got so much energy, you just want to say to them sometimes, for God’s sake, one of you stay in position so someone can pass the ball to you but it’s good, it’s a fabulous watch as a neutral.

“I’ll go for a home win and it won’t be dull. Leeds 2-0 Brentford.”

Pressure

Despite playing some beautiful-looking football, Marsch’s Leeds side are slowly creeping towards the relegation zone and now sit just two points above West Ham in 18th position.

The January recruits Victor Orta has masterminded thus far look to be brilliant business, with Austrian international Max Wober and club-record signing Georginio Rutter already brought through the Elland Road doors this month.

With Wober able to fill the left-back void and Rutter a brilliant foil to the likes of Rodrigo and Willy Gnonto in attack, surely a return to form is just around the corner.

Although Brentford will pose a stern test, the 5-2 win against Cardiff City on Wednesday (18 January) in the FA Cup was a timely confidence booster, with Leeds’ attack finally clicking into top gear.

With the Elland Road faithful right behind them on Sunday, Marsch’s side can upset the odds and make it two wins in the space of days.

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