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Popular football expert Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will beat Leeds United in the Premier League clash on Saturday.
Leeds have won back-to-back games against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion, and they will be looking to start the new year with their third win in a row.
Spurs, on the other hand, have not won in their last four Premier League games, losing twice, but Lawrenson has predicted that the north London club will get back on the winning track.
Leeds, the newcomers to the Premier League, is constantly evolving with Marcelo Bielsa. Much has been said and written about his style of soccer, and many have even criticized the preference of the Argentine style over the results.
However, Leeds proved against Burnley that they can also get results without playing well. The BBC expert expects Spurs to win by a 2-0 margin.
“This is such an intriguing match because of the difference in the way both teams play and how both coaches view the game,” he added. Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
Leeds completely dismantled West Brom earlier this week, and their game plan will be “ready and done” here as well.
Yet this is exactly how Tottenham likes opposing teams to be. I feel like he will play a bit in the hands of José Mourinho, as his team seeks to return to the winning path.
However, it won’t be boring. It’s never like this with Leeds – they have you on the edge of your seat, whichever end the ball is on.
It will be interesting to see what kind of approach Bielsa takes for this game. Leeds are expected to play with an enthusiastic approach, and that could help Tottenham.
Under Mourinho, the Spurs have an established pattern of approaching a great team. They usually sit deep, inviting the opposition to enjoy the possession and hit them at halftime.
Leeds are unlikely to play defensive football, but they will likely learn from the mistakes they made against Manchester United last month.
If they leave their defense exposed, people like Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane might punish them. In the possible absence of Mateusz Klich, a sensible and compact approach to the game could nullify Tottenham’s game plan.