Mark Lawrenson tips Sheffield United to fix 'problem' and makes intriguing Leeds weekend scoreline prediction

Sheffield United will look to earn their first Premier League win of the season this weekend, when they take on Marcelo Bielsa's recently-promoted Leeds United at Bramall Lane, in what is shaping up to be a thrilling contest between two well-matched sides.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 11:00 am

Writing for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson cast his weekly top tier scoreline predictions, and opted for a narrow 2-1 win for Leeds.

Justifying his pick, Lawro claimed: "Leeds are up and running points-wise after seeing off Fulham last week and I think this will be another rock-and-roll type game with lots of chances, and lots of tackling too.

"Both teams like to get stuck in, and this is going to be a good game to watch. Sheffield United have no goals or points so far, but I think they will at least put the first part of that problem right in this game."

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Meanwhile, Lawrenson's sparring partner for the week, singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, opted for a 3-2 Leeds win, and said: "It's going to be interesting to see how things pan out for Leeds this season. They will surprise a few people."

The last time the two sides met, back in March last year, the Blades secured a 1-0 win at Elland Road courtesy of Chris Basham's second-half goal, which proved to be a pivotal moment in Wilder's side's eventual promotion back to the top tier.

Leeds have won just two of the last ten meetings between the Yorkshire rivals, in a record stretching back to 2004.