Mark Lawrenson makes shock Leeds United prediction ahead of Chelsea clash

Leeds United will be out for revenge against Chelsea when they face off this weekend, as they look to get one over on Thomas Tuchel's side after they were defeated 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:00 am

In his weekly predictions piece for BBC Sport, pundit and broadcaster Mark Lawrenson backed Marcelo Bielsa's side to pick up a shock 2-1 win at Elland Road.

Explaining his choice, the ex-Liverpool star claimed: “Chelsea are going great guns - they are now unbeaten in 11 games since Thomas Tuchel took charge, and they were just too good for Everton on Monday night.

“Leeds, in contrast, have not been on a great run of form recently, with just one win in five league games. I don't think they've been playing that badly though, and they will definitely test Chelsea's improved defence.”

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Mark Lawrenson's Leeds United vs Chelsea prediction. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, actor Frank Harper, Lawro's sparring partner for the week, went for a 1-1 draw.

A win for the Whites on Saturday could see them edge closer to breaking into the top half of the table, while the Blues are chasing down a top-four finish.

Speaking ahead of the big game, Bielsa found the time to praise former Whites ace Kemar Roofe for winning the league title with Rangers in Scotland, and claimed: “I follow how each player of the past here is doing and I am very happy that Roofe is able to win the Premier League in Scotland.

“And I regret that he was not able to participate in the last games due to a muscular problem.”