By Saikat Mandal

18th Mar, 2022 | 8:17am

Mark Lawrenson predicts result of Leeds United clash v Wolves

Leeds United will head to Molineux to face Wolves in the Premier League on Friday (18 March) with full confidence after beating Norwich City in their previous game.

Wolves have picked up back-to-back wins, including a 1-0 victory against Everton in their previous game.

The Whites will feel they can score away from home, especially with Patrick Bamford back, and Mark Lawrenson also feels that the visitors can return with a point.

The BBC pundit also feels that Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper should play a part in the game.

Lawrenson said while predicting a 1-1 draw, as quoted on the BBC Sport website: “Leeds got a huge win over Norwich last weekend. It was a very strange ending to the game, but it will give them a lift anyway – and they really needed it.

“Wolves are having a very good season and we saw why in their win over Everton last time out – they are very well organised and generally kept Everton at arms’ length.

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“I still think teams can find a way of getting at Wolves, though, and Leeds are definitely more of a threat now Patrick Bamford is fit.

“They also have Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper back after more than three months out and both of them should play a part at Molineux.”

Huge game

All the games are like cup finals for Leeds at the moment, but there is a feeling that things will get better under Jesse Marsch.

The Whites needed a dramatic late goal from Joe Gelhardt to secure all three points against Norwich in their previous match, and it gave them a much-needed breathing space.

Now, it’s time to build from here.

Cooper and Phillips are back in training after missing out on actions for three months, but the duo is unlikely to take any part. Probably, they will be ready to feature after the international break.

The return of Bamford, however, has been a huge boost. His presence upfront will see Daniel James being used in his favourite right-wing role.

Raphinha was outstanding against Norwich in the last match, and the Brazilian should get the nod ahead of Jack Harrison.

In other Leeds United news, the boss has given his view on Phillips’ Whites future.