By Saikat Mandal

21st Jan, 2022 | 10:10pm

Sky Sports expert predicts result of Leeds United v Newcastle United

Leeds United will face Newcastle United in their Premier League clash at Elland Road on Saturday (22 January) where they will be looking to secure their third league win in a row.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side produced a masterclass performance in their last game, managing a 3-2 win at the London Stadium, and Lewis Jones has predicted a 3-1 win for the Whites while writing in his column for Sky Sports.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are fighting for survival but Jones feels they could walk into Leeds’ trap because of their style of play.

Jones wrote: “Newcastle are going to fall into a big Leeds trap here.

“To stifle Marcelo Bielsa’s team you need to take the sting out of the game, make it scrappy and defend aggressively. That is simply not Eddie Howe’s style. He’ll be matching the Elland Road outfit up with the hope his attacking players can produce more quality in the final third.

“In fixtures like these where Leeds face off against a genuine relegation-threatened outfit, it’s most certainly worth backing them as their man-to-man style usually sees their extra quality shine through. Since promotion, in 13 fixtures against teams in the bottom five of the Premier League, Leeds have won 10, scoring 27 times in the process.”

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Open game

It won’t be an easy game for the home side.

The Magpies are a stronger side now than they were a few weeks ago.

They have added players like Kieran Tripper and Chris Wood and the Magpies are capable of getting a result at Elland Road.

Jones is probably right that Newcastle’s best chance of beating Leeds is by defending aggressively.

However, an open attacking game will suit Leeds more. They are running high on confidence with Raphinha playing some outstanding football.

Likewise, in the last game, Pascal Struijk was tremendous at the back, while Jack Harrison scored a hat-trick. Leeds will be confident of beating their rivals on Saturday.

Having said that both Leeds and Newcastle have conceded a lot of goals this season, and a free-flowing open game can be expected, which should be a good spectacle.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay issues major January update amid recent development that would excite the Elland Road faithful.