Mark Lawrenson reveals intriguing Leeds United scoreline prediction ahead of weekend clash

Leeds United take on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United in the Premier League this weekend, in what could be an ideal opportunity to pick up three points against a side who look powerless to avoid relegation.
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In his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit and broadcaster Mark Lawrenson offered his verdict on the most likely scoreline, and tipped a 3-0 home win for the Whites.

Explaining his choice, Lawro claimed: "Sheffield United were extremely competitive in their last game, against Chelsea in the FA Cup sixth-round, but they still lost.

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“That has been the story of the Blades' season, really, and the only thing still in doubt is when their relegation will be confirmed.“Leeds edged it 1-0 with an 86th-minute winner when these two sides met at Bramall Lane at the start of the season. I'm expecting them to find things a bit easier this time.”

Mark Lawrenson's Leeds United prediction ahead of Sheffield United clash (Photo by ALEX LIVESEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Mark Lawrenson's Leeds United prediction ahead of Sheffield United clash (Photo by ALEX LIVESEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mark Lawrenson's Leeds United prediction ahead of Sheffield United clash (Photo by ALEX LIVESEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lawro's opponent for the week, singer-songwriter David Gray, backed Leeds to edge it 1-0, and stated: "This one should be quite feisty.”

Speaking ahead of the big game, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa updated the Yorkshire Evening Post on his squad's current injury issues, and revealed: “The group is healthy and both (Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez) are healthy too, but there is always a difference between the ideal fitness and the time that you have.“The situation with Mateusz Klich is in the process of being solved. There is a protocol that needs to be completed and we'll see what the consequences are. The protocol has not been finalised so we don't know what the results will be.”