'A lot closer' - Mark Lawrenson reveals Leeds United score prediction ahead of Man Utd clash
Leeds United will be looking to get their Premier League season off to a flyer this weekend, when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in a mouthwatering Saturday lunchtime clash.
Ahead of the big game, pundit Mark Lawrenson has resumed his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, and offered scoreline tips for all the weekend's action - including the Whites' clash against their arch-rivals.
Turning his attention Leeds' match, Lawro went with a 2-1 win for the hosts. Justifying his prediction, the ex-Liverpool defender wrote: “Manchester United might have to play Anthony Martial through the middle because they are missing Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.
“I'm looking forward to seeing Jadon Sancho in action - I think everyone is except for Leeds fans.
“This will be a lot closer than the 6-2 win that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side enjoyed at the end of last year, but I'd still expect them to take the points.”
He concluded: “They need to improve on their home form from last season, but they are not the only ones there are they? Having the fans back at Old Trafford should help - it is going to be interesting to see how many home teams win this weekend now they have their usual support again.”
Meanwhile, Lawrenson's prediction opponent for the week, singer-songwriter Louisa Roach aka She Drew the Gun, went for a 4-2 win for the Red Devils, and revealed: "There are going to be some goals in this one."
The last time the two sides met, back in April, the two side's play out a fiercely-contested goalless draw at Elland Road.