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Premier League: Leeds United vs Brighton Preview

Graham Porter’s Brighton and Hove Albion will be locking horns with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United in the Premier League at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday. The Whites have come a long way from their first match, delivering splendid performances along the way. Any match involving Bielsa is going to be an entertaining match for the football fans, and Leeds will be keen to extend their six-match unbeaten streak. 

The Whites have succumbed to a surprise defeat to the Seagulls back in January, and they will be keen to take revenge with a dominating performance on Saturday. Here’s our preview of Saturday’s fixture between Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion:

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Even though Graham Porter’s men have been delivering good performances in recent weeks, they are not yet safe from the relegation zone, and there is a slight chance that they might not make it to the next season in the end. They are in 17th place in the Premier League table with 34 points from 33 matches, just seven points above Fulham and the relegation zone.

Brighton lost to last-placed Sheffield United 1-0 after an impressive performance against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea which ended in a goalless draw. Brighton have drawn more Premier League games than any other side this season, with the Seagulls taking a point in 13 of their 33 fixtures, and winning just seven. They desperately need wins to further the distance between themselves and Fulham, but Graham Potter will be more than happy to hold the visitors to a draw on Saturday.

Graham Potter regularly fields his squad in a 3-4-2-1 formation. Forwards Danny Welbeck, Leandro Trossard, and Neal Maupay will be leading the attack, while Jakub Moder, Yves Bissoma, Adam Lallana, Pascal Gross take up the role of defensive midfielders. Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, and Adam Webster will be both defending and snatching the ball, ready to counter-attack. Florin Andone remains on the sidelines with a knee injury, but the rest of the squad is likely to be available for the fixture.

LEEDS UNITED

Leeds United have established themselves firmly in the Premier League. The newly-promoted side comfortably sits in ninth place in the table with 47 points, a point ahead of Arsenal. The Whites have impressed everyone with their recent performances against the Big Six clubs in recent weeks – defeating Manchester City and drawing their fixtures against Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Leeds will miss the services of skipper Liam Cooper, who will be banned for a third time after earning a straight red card in the match against Manchester City. Raphinha might miss out once again due to injury, having missed the fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United. Helder Costa has filled in his role in the starting XI, but his performance has been far from impressive. 

HEAD TO HEAD

The head to head between both the teams is in favour of Brighton, but Marcelo Bielsa’s team is a different outfit than the one that faced Brighton at Elland Road back in January. The Seagulls have won eight of the last ten encounters between the two teams, including the reverse fixture at Elland Road in January. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are ripe with confidence after their recent exploits against the big clubs, and they will be looking to crush Brighton on Saturday. With eighth-placed Everton just five points ahead, the Whites will be looking up rather than down the table, having come a long way in their Premier League journey. 

Expect Leeds to win the fixture with multiple goals in their bag, taking sweet revenge on the Seagulls.

Leeds Predicted XI:  Illan Meslier (GK); Stuart Dallas; Luke Ayling ©; Pascal Struijk; Ezgjan Alioski; Jamie Shackleton; Mateusz Klich; Rodrigo Moreno; Raphinha; Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.

Brighton Predicted XI: Robert Sanchez (GK); Joel Veltman, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk (C), Dan Burn; Leandro Trossard, Ben White, Davy Propper, Bernardo; Alexis Mac Allister; Percy Tau.

When: Saturday, May 1 2021, 7.30 PM IST

Where: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove

Where to Watch: All Premier League fixtures are streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar. Select matches will be streamed on Star Sports and Star Sports Select channels.

 

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