Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds vs Watford result
Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that Leeds United are too easy to beat, but predicted that Marcelo Bielsa’s side will come out on top against Watford this weekend.
What’s the story?
Leeds now sit in the relegation zone as they await their first victory of the campaign in the Premier League.
It did appear that the Whites may be about to end their wait last time out against West Ham. They took the lead through Raphinha, and played some superb football.
However, the visitors scored twice in the second-half at Elland Road to break Leeds hearts.
Watford meanwhile, sit 12th having won two of their opening six games. They have also taken four points from their last two.
It could be a nervy occasion at Leeds. Nevertheless, Lawrenson believes that the Whites will get the three points.
“Leeds are too easy to beat at the moment – if it’s not one part of their team that’s not functioning, it’s another,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 2-0 win for the home team.
“Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored 12 goals in their first six Premier League games last season as a newly-promoted club – this time, they have managed only half as many.
“There have been flashes of their old selves but, over 90 minutes, we are still waiting for them to put in the kind of performance that we got used to. Maybe Saturday will be the day that changes?”
Fast start looks to be crucial for Leeds if they hope to beat Watford
Leeds have actually taken the lead in their last two games. And they have only gone on to take one point from those fixtures.
But it does appear that a fast start against the Hornets is essential.
The Elland Road faithful have been patient and stuck by the team despite the tough start.
But you could understand if they were starting to become concerned. And with that, it will be tough to not voice their frustration if Watford get off to a flyer.
It may also become tense if the game remains goalless for a lengthy period.
It is too soon to say whether Leeds will be in any sort of relegation battle or not. But a win would feel like a huge relief heading into the international break.