Brighton v Leeds: match preview

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The bloom is well and truly off Brighton’s rose as their strong start fades into the distance. Graham Potter’s side put in an uncharacteristically weak-willed display in defeat at Villa Park but Leeds present an opportunity to bounce back. Last season’s darlings are struggling, sitting two points above the relegation zone, and spirits may be knocked further as Marcelo Bielsa provided painful news that Patrick Bamford’s return from injury has been put back. There has been little cutting edge without him and if Brighton can work a little harder, while keeping tabs on Raphinha, they could sneak a much-needed win. Graham Searles

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Amex Stadium

Last season Brighton 2 Leeds 0

Referee Craig Pawson

This season G8 Y28 R1 3.63 cards/game

Odds H 19-17 A 3-1 D 5-2

BRIGHTON
Subs from Steele, Scherpen, Connolly, Sarmiento, Mac Allister, Richards, Webster, Burn, Locadia, Mwepu,

Doubtful None

Injured Alzate (ankle, Jan), Welbeck (hamstring, 26 Dec)

Suspended None

Discipline Y32 R1

Form DDLDDL

Leading scorer Maupay 4

LEEDS
Subs from Klaesson, Ayling, Cresswell, Struijk, Gelhardt, Roberts, Klich, Shackleton, Drameh, McKinstry, Greenwood, McCarron, Jenkins

Doubtful Ayling (knee)

Injured Bamford (knee, unknown), Koch (pelvis, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R1

Form WLDWDL

Leading scorer Raphinha 5