Brighton vs Leeds Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
Brighton vs Leeds Premier League
Brighton remain seven points clear of the drop despite defeat to relegated Sheffield United last time out, and now require nine points from their final five games to guarantee another season in the Premier League (PL), irrespective of other results. Having beaten Leeds 1-0 in January, Graham Potter’s side will strive to snap a run of four games without a win, the last three of which saw them fail to score.
Actually better on the road than at home, Brighton have scored an average of just a goal-a-match here. Nonetheless, just two league losses over the last such eight at home (W2, D4) – aided by five clean sheets – means they could well extend their four-match winning streak here versus Leeds, despite their propensity for home draws (eight).
Leeds come into this one with their eyes firmly on a top-half finish. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have put together their longest unbeaten run of the campaign, extending their tally to six (W3, D3) after a scoreless draw with Manchester United. During that period, Leeds conceded four goals, averaging 0.67 against, a considerable improvement on their PL season average of 1.52.
Two straight away wins – including at leaders Manchester City – means that Leeds are the only PL side yet to draw an away game (W8, L8), as they go in search of their first three-game winning streak on the road this season. With 2.25 goals per game recorded on average across their last four trips, the entertainment level has dipped from the 4.17 seen on average across their first 12 PL fixtures.
Players to score: Brighton’s Robert Sánchez has kept nine clean sheets in 22 PL appearances and owns the PL’s fifth best clean sheet to game ratio (minimum five games played). Opposite number Illan Meslier ranks 11th and has faced nine penalties this PL season.
Hot stat: Despite recording just two wins, Brighton have scored in 11 of their 16 PL home games this season.
Prediction: Brighton  vs  Leeds