By Saikat Mandal

25th Feb, 2022 | 12:10pm

Mark Lawrenson predicts result of Leeds United v Tottenham

Leeds United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday (26 February) at Elland Road, where they will be desperate to end their losing streak.

The Whites have lost three games in a row, four in their last five, and BBC pundit, Mark Lawrenson doesn’t see the misery to end this weekend, with Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford still out injured.

Tottenham are also going through a bad spell at the moment, having lost four of their last five Premier League games.

Lawrenson said while predicting a 2-0 defeat for the Whites, as quoted on the BBC Sport website: “Both sides had very poor results in midweek. I saw the Leeds one coming because of their injuries and the fact they were going to Anfield – but Tottenham’s defeat at Burnley was much more of a surprise.

“Spurs have now lost four of their past five league games and it was typical Tottenham to see them go to Manchester City and win the way they did on Saturday, then follow it up with such a limp display on a wet and windy Wednesday at Turf Moor.

“Leeds have bigger problems, though. You can’t play the way they do against Liverpool and expect to get away with it, but they just don’t have a Plan B.

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“I’m expecting a reaction from Spurs, but I don’t think Leeds can do anything different, especially with Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips still out injured, which is why they have been dragged into a relegation scrap.”

Any hope?

Leeds are crumbling under pressure and once again they have conceded three or more goals in each of their last three games.

It’s been a recurrent theme for them this season, especially against big teams. Put it simply, Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t have a plan B option.

Lawrenson is absolutely spot on here. Without key players, Leeds should have taken a more defensive approach at Anfield. Instead, they ended up suffering a humiliating 6-0 defeat.

They just simply don’t know any other way of playing apart from a gung-ho approach, and it’s proving too costly at the moment.

Spurs are struggling at the moment in the league, and this is probably the best chance to turn it around. However, doubts remain if Leeds have the confidence and mental fortitude to secure all three points from this game.

At this rate, Leeds are heading for a relegation battle without providing enough fight. This is simply not acceptable.

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