Leeds United travel south to The Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night in the Premier League, as the Whites look to make it two wins from two – and plenty of pundits have given their predictions ahead of what is expected to be an intriguing battle of two different styles, including Paul Robinson and Mark Lawrenson.
Leeds come into the match having reminded supporters and pundits alike that they are more than capable of achieving clean sheets. Leeds secured their fifth in 15 Premier League games with a 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday – following a 6-2 defeat to Manchester United. Patrick Bamford scored his tenth goal of the season, in just his 15th league game.
The uncapped Englishman is set to start again on Tuesday night, with Sam Allardyce’s West Brom the opponents. The former England manager saw his side lose 3-0 to Aston Villa at home, but produced a masterclass to help the Baggies draw with Premier League champions Liverpool last time out. Defender Semi Ajayi cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener.
Both with their tails up, it promises to be an interesting battle. Plenty of pundits have had their say, beginning with ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson.
Paul Robinson – West Brom 1-1 Leeds
“I’d go a 1-1 draw, simply by the way Sam is going to set his team up to defensively frustrate Leeds and then how clever they are going forward on the counter-attack,” the ex-Leeds goalkeeper told MOT Leeds News.
Mark Lawrenson – West Brom 0-2 Leeds
“They were well organised and showed the spirit that Sam Allardyce will demand from them in that draw with Liverpool, but do they have the quality they need to win games like this? I am not convinced,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
Michael Owen – West Brom 1-2 Leeds
“United are far from perfect at the back, but if they play as they can going forward, I think they’ll take the points back to Elland Road,” as per Leeds Live.
Leeds will still be without centre-back trio Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch – the latter of whom will be sidelined until March. Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw remain long-term absentees. Bamford is expected to continue up front, even though there have been suggestions on social media that he limped off against Burnley on Sunday.
A win could see Leeds climb to the lofty heights of tenth, if West Ham and Crystal Palace drop points.