Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he cannot see Leeds United not scoring this weekend after watching Everton’s performance against Fulham on Sunday.
The Toffees got back to winning ways after three straight defeats before the international break. However, it proved to be a nervy occasion for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Everton had gone 3-1 up at one stage. But they conceded a penalty – that was ultimately missed – and then let in a second goal before seeing out the contest.
There were positives for Ancelotti to take. But Lawrenson suggested that he cannot see Jordan Pickford keeping a clean sheet when they host Leeds on Saturday.
“Leeds are probably still wondering how they didn’t beat Arsenal on Sunday – and so am I,” he told BBC Sport as he predicted a 1-1 scoreline.
“Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be just as attack-minded here, because they just don’t change, home or away. They approach every game like it is Custer’s Last Stand, and it is all or nothing for them.
“Everton got the win they needed at Craven Cottage last weekend but they were hanging on a bit at the end, and I didn’t see anything that makes me think they will keep Leeds out.”
Of course, Lawrenson’s comment comes in the wake of Leeds’s frustrating draw with Arsenal. Bielsa’s side created more than enough chances to win the game. And it was only the woodwork that denied them on a few occasions.
They will feel that they have a point to prove at Goodison Park. For some supporters, the display may have evoked memories of some of their more disappointing days in the Championship.
But Everton have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening day. So they may also feel that they have a point to prove this weekend.