BBC pundit brands Leeds United 'dangerous'; thinks Leicester absence could prove costly

Sam Brookes January 29, 2021
BBC pundit brands Leeds United 'dangerous'; thinks Leicester absence could prove costly
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Mark Lawrenson has tipped Leeds United to shock Leicester City this weekend in his BBC Sport Premier League Predictions column.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side returned to winning ways in midweek, beating Newcastle United 2-1. The victory followed a run of three straight defeats, including the FA Cup embarassment at Crawley Town.

Lawrenson: ‘Difference this time’

Having ended that dismal run, Lawrenson expects Leeds to take the game to Leicester. Especially as the Foxes will be without their talisman, Jamie Vardy.

Lawrenson said: “Leicester dismantled Leeds when they met at Elland Road in November but the difference this time is Foxes striker Jamie Vardy is out injured.

“Vardy was instrumental in the Foxes’ first two goals that day and scored their third one himself. Without him, it should be a lot closer.”

Lawrenson has predicted a 2-1 win for Leeds at the King Power Stadium.

He said: “Leeds got a badly needed win over Newcastle in midweek to get back on track after three straight defeats. They are a dangerous side when their tails are up.”

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The pundit’s prediction will surprise many given Leicester’s run of form. Brendan Rodgers’ men are undefeated in their last nine matches in all competitions.

Free-scoring Leeds

However, there’s little doubt Leeds are capable of hurting any side on their day. They scored five goals twice last month in wins over Newcastle and West Brom.

With 32 goals in 19 games, they are comfortably the highest scorers in the bottom half of the Premier League.

And, despite their impressive campaign Leicester have dropped unexpected points at home. Four of their five league defeats have come at the King Power Stadium.

Opinions split

Lawrenson is up against Lewis Evans, of post-punk band Black Country, in the prediction league this week.

And Evans, a Swansea City fan, feels Leicester will have enough.

He said: “I love Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers for what he did with Swansea and I think he will have a plan to keep out Leeds – 3-1.”

We’ll find out who’s right on Sunday.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.