Mark Lawrenson predicts Southampton vs Leeds result
Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he cannot see Southampton ending their winless run against Leeds United this weekend, particularly if the Whites have Kalvin Phillips back from injury.
The Whites received a huge lift just before the international break. Marcelo Bielsa’s side secured their first league victory of the campaign with an impressive showing against Watford.
The result lifted Leeds out of the bottom three. But it also took them above Southampton.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are still looking for that first win. They have four points from their opening seven fixtures.
The Saints lost to Chelsea last time out. And while reflecting on that result, Lawrenson suggested that he expects them to come away from Saturday empty-handed also.
“The end result was another defeat for Saints, who are still without a win after seven games,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 2-0 Leeds win.
“I don’t fancy their chances much here, either, especially if Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back from the calf injury that ruled him out of England duty.”
Win would be big result for either Southampton or Leeds
Both teams will be looking at Saturday as a really good opportunity to get a good result. And it is potentially a game that some associated with both clubs will feel that they cannot afford to not win.
Southampton obviously need the victory more. But Leeds beat the Saints twice last year. And they looked a lot more like their old selves before the break.
They were dominant for large parts of their clash with Watford. And they should have put the game out of sight during the first-half.
Having said that, the Saints have still had some good results this term.
So taking them lightly would be a major mistake from Leeds as they look to continue their flawless record against Hasenhuttl’s men since returning to English football’s top table.