Sky Sports pundit David Prutton believes that Crystal Palace are very capable of causing Marcelo Bielsa’s side problems on Saturday.

The teams meet at Selhurst Park with both sides looking to bounce back following disappointing defeats last time out.

Leeds’ 4-1 defeat to Leicester City on Monday was the first real setback of the season for the Whites and Prutton feels that Palace are capable of winning on Saturday.

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“Palace are just behind Leeds in the table but the two sides are neck and neck on points and Palace have got it well within their capabilities to beat Leeds,” he wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“You can absolutely get carried away with being in the Premier League and rightly so. But let’s not get lulled into thinking that just because Leeds play in a certain way that they were always bound for the Premier League because their style was too good for the Championship.”

He added: “Palace are potentially a very dangerous team to Leeds but vice versa as well.”

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Bouncing back

Leeds will have been hurt by the nature of Monday’s defeat to Leicester, but there is no reason for them to go about playing any other way.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are one of the best at sitting in a block and launching incredibly dangerous counter-attacks, catching out Arsenal and Manchester City with a similar strategy already this season.

Against Palace, Leeds will be without Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo once again, but with Raphinha pushing for his first start and Pascal Struijk in line for a place in the centre of midfield, Bielsa has options at his disposal.

Palace offer a threat with Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze and Leeds will need to be better defensively. Having played Leicester on Monday, Bielsa will have thought about the adjustments he can make and shown his players how they can adapt to defend the counter more effectively without compromising their attacking approach.

The margins against Leicester were fine and the intention against Palace should be largely the same, with a little bit of fine-tuning.

It’s another chance to prove that Leeds can beat a side that will sit back and wait to hit on the counter-attack.

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