Sky Sports expert predicts result of Leeds clash v Brighton
Leeds United will face Brighton in the Premier League clash on Saturday at the Amex Stadium.
Ahead of the match, Sky Sports’ betting expert Lewis Jones has suggested that the Whites have got “absolutely no chance” of winning this game and predicted a 2-0 win for the south coast club.
The home side are without a win in their last seven games, but they do hold a very good record against Leeds, having won eight of their last nine meetings.
“Leeds will be travelling with plenty of hope, but this has home win written all over it,” wrote Jones for Sky Sports.
“Brighton have an excellent recent record against Leeds, winning eight of the last nine meetings.
“The way to beat Brighton is to defend with good cohesion and don’t allow them room to work their clever passing moves – as Aston Villa did brilliantly last weekend.
“There is absolutely no chance of Marcelo Bielsa following that pattern, which makes it’s easy to see a repeat result from the two fixtures between the teams last season.”
Leeds have been very poor this season, and they find themselves just above the relegation zone.
However, their two recent performances have been really encouraging.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were brilliant against Leicester City. The Yorkshire outfit were also outstanding in the first 45 minutes against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur last week.
Jones is spot on that the best way to stop Brighton is to prevent them from weaving clever passes. Leeds prefer an attacking open game and it could leave them exposed.
At the same time, Graham Potter’s side are struggling in the league, and they won’t be playing with full confidence. Leeds can exploit that.
With Raphinha and Rodrigo back in the first-team, Leeds boss now has more attacking depth for this game.
Bielsa can be stubborn at times, but he is also someone who can be tactically flexible. The key for Leeds would be to remain compact at the back.
The confidence is fragile at the moment. The energy level naturally drops down once they concede a goal.
If they can prevent that from happening, the Whites have got a brilliant chance of picking up all three points on Saturday.
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