Mark Lawrenson singles out Leeds United man for criticism and makes West Ham scoreline prediction

(Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)(Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United are back in Premier League action tonight, when they take on David Moyes' West Ham United at Elland Road.

Writing in his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed a 2-0 win for Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Justifying his prediction, the ex-Liverpool defender singled out one Leeds United player for criticism, and claimed: "Leeds have got a little bit of a soft centre defensively, and I am not convinced by their goalkeeper, Illan Meslier, but going forward they are just relentless.

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"West Ham were unlucky to be beaten by Manchester United last weekend because they could have put that game to bed before the visitors' comeback.

"That was the end of a good little run of three successive wins for the Hammers, and I'm not sure they will bounce back here."

Meanwhile, Lawro's sparring partner for the week, Lonely The Brave drummer Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley, also picked a 2-0 win for the Whites.

Edgeley contended: "I can't see any result here other than a Leeds win. It is difficult to dislike their manager, Marcelo Bielsa, and Leeds will have too much for West Ham, with the buzz and momentum they have got at the moment."

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Last time the two sides met, all the way back in 2012, David Healy's dramatic stoppage time penalty snatched a late draw for the Whites at Upton Park.

Leeds are currently lying in 14th place in the table, with 14 points for eleven matches, but could edge towards a mid-table standing with a victory over the Hammers.