Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Leeds United will secure an away win at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon when the Whites travel south to take on the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
Leeds come into the match having made a good start overall to life in the Premier League. 10 points from their opening seven matches is impressive, given the Whites have played Liverpool, Manchester City, Wolves and Leicester City.
Patrick Bamford is flying, while new signing Robin Koch has replaced Ben White with aplomb. But injuries are mounting and Leeds could be without Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Diego Llorente.
Without the quartet on Monday, Leeds were brushed aside by a well-oiled Leicester side that took full advantage of the counter attack to beat Marcelo Bielsa’s men. Despite that, Lawrenson has backed ‘dangerous’ Leeds to beat Palace 2-1.
“Crystal Palace have had the fewest shots of any team in the Premier League, with 57 in seven games, while only Liverpool have had more than Leeds with 96. They both have the same number of points though – 10,” Lawrenson said.
“So you can see that they both have a style that is effective. It will be interesting to see what Roy Hodgson does here – will he allow Leeds to take the game to his side and pick them off? They did that against Fulham but Leeds are more dangerous.”
As Lawrenson states, Palace have enjoyed the same results as Leeds this season – winning three, drawing one and losing three. The Eagles have had to face Manchester United, Chelsea and high-flying Everton so far.
Wilfried Zaha is likely to be Palace’s vocal point but if Leeds can keep the ex-Manchester United ace quiet, then the Whites really do have a chance of picking up three points in London.