By Mark Smith

2nd Feb, 2021 | 12:35pm

Mark Lawrenson predicts winner in Leeds clash v Everton, lauds 'top-class' Whites ace

Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds United to continue their winning run in the Premier League against Everton on Wednesday evening.

The BBC pundit has predicted that the Whites will win 2-0 at Elland Road, backing up their consecutive away victories against Newcastle and Leicester.

Lawrenson singled out Patrick Bamford for praise after his goal and two assists on Sunday, labelling his awareness and attitude as “top-class.”

Writing in his BBC predictions column, Lawrenson claimed that the form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be a real worry for the Toffees.

“It was a strange performance by Everton at the weekend,” he said.

“They never really got going against Newcastle and another worry is that the goals have dried up for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has not scored in any of his past seven league games.

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“Leeds were impressive in their win over Leicester, which saw Patrick Bamford end his mini goal drought. Bamford deserves a mention for the quality of that strike, and also for playing Jack Harrison in for the crucial third goal – his attitude and awareness is top class.”

Bamford was superb against Leicester.

There were concerns at the full-time whistle when the striker was pictured hobbling, but he confirmed that it was just a dead-leg and he should be fine to take on Everton on Wednesday.

With Rodrigo likely missing, and doubts also surrounding Raphinha, it is crucial that Leeds have their other attacking options available.

Newcastle exploited the Toffees on Saturday, with Callum Wilson scoring twice after slack marking, and there aren’t many better at doing that than Bamford.

The 27-year-old will be eager to continue proving himself to Gareth Southgate and England, with his next chance always around the corner.

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