Bielsa wary of Brighton threat

2021-04-30 16:10:07 1113

Albion, who welcome Leeds to the Amex Stadium on Saturday, actually sit precariously in 17th place in the Premier League, just one place above the relegation zone.

A seven-point cushion over Fulham, the side immediately below them, with time running out suggests Graham Potter's side ought to be safe for another season.

But Leeds boss Bielsa, whose side are ninth in the division after a memorable first campaign back in the top flight, is mystified as to how Brighton will go into the last few games of the season still effectively in a relegation scrap.

Albion are without a win in their last four games and without a goal in their last three, in contrast to Leeds, who head for the Sussex coast on a six-match unbeaten streak.

"The results sometimes coincide with the performances and other times they don't," Bielsa told reporters ahead of the match.

"Brighton is a team unfairly in the bottom part of the table. All the parameters you can consider to evaluate a team, how they attack and defend, where they spend most time on the pitch, possession, the losses of the ball or keeping possession, their offensive intensity. All the values you can analyse, they are all in a higher position than they occupy in the table."

Bielsa will still be without the suspended Liam Cooper and the injured Raphinha for the trip to the south coast, although Spanish forward Rodrigo has been passed fit.

Leeds, who lost 1-0 at home to Brighton in January, are 23/10 to avenge that defeat with the Seagulls 6/5 for a rare home win. The draw is 12/5.