Leeds United's different challenge, Patrick Bamford's battle and the YEP prediction for Brighton clash

Leeds United's first trip to Brighton since December 2016 is a different kind of challenge to their last three games.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:43 am
KEY BATTLE - Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will want to get back on the goal trail and his individual duel with Lewis Dunk of Brighton will be important. Pic: Getty

The Whites travel to the Amex Stadium for the first time since a 2-0 Championship defeat more than four years ago, hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven games.

Here's the YEP lowdown on tomorrow's clash.

KEY BATTLE

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Patrick Bamford v Lewis Dunk

If Graham Potter goes with a back three, as he has on so many occasions this season, it's likely Patrick Bamford will come into close contact with Lewis Dunk. Chances have been few and far between for the Leeds striker in recent games against top opposition and he'll be desperate to get back on the goal trail. Escaping the attentions of Dunk and finding space between the centre-backs is key.

BRIGHTON KEY MAN

Yves Bissouma

The midfielder has been in good form for Brighton this season, so much so he's being tipped for a big-money move to a bigger club in the summer. His agent claims there is considerable interest in the 24-year-old. He makes a lot of tackles, interceptions and clearances and Graham Potter believes he has the capacity to get even better. Bypassing him will be key for Stuart Dallas and Tyler Roberts when Leeds go forward.

GRAHAM SMYTH'S VERDICT

After three of the toughest games imaginable, having taken five points and stretched their unbeaten run to six games, Leeds are flying. This game, however, represents a different challenge. It's a game they can dominate, unlike the last three. Turning possession into good chances and taking those chances is vital. A winnable game. Brighton have to try and win, which might lend itself to an open game. I'll say 3-1 Leeds.