Live match preview – Brighton vs Leeds 01.05.2021


Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Brighton vs Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news

Brighton defender Ben White is back from suspension to play against Leeds, the club he helped win promotion to the Premier League last season when on loan at Elland Road.

Midfielder Adam Lallana has been troubled by a tight calf but should be fit to take his place in Graham Potter’s matchday squad.

Forward Percy Tau has recovered from a hamstring injury, but defender Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and winger Solly March (knee) remain out.

Marcelo Bielsa


Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has made significant progress in establishing his team as a competitive Premier League side – but admits he wishes he could address his players in English rather than through a translator

Leeds‘ record signing Rodrigo is back in contention, but Raphinha remains unavailable.

Rodrigo has made just one appearance since mid-March due to a troublesome muscle strain and is not expected to start, while Raphinha has still not recovered from a bruised thigh, which has kept him out of the home draws against Liverpool and Manchester United.

Skipper Liam Cooper serves the last game of his three-match ban, but head coach Marcelo Bielsa has no new injury concerns as his side bid to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches.

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A preview of this weekend’s Premier League matches, including a London derby between Chelsea and Fulham and Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool

Follow Brighton vs Leeds in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Last time out…

Sheff Utd 1-0 Brighton


FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Sheffield United’s win against Brighton

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leeds’ draw with Manchester United

Opta stats

  • Brighton have won seven of their last eight league games against Leeds, with the exception being a 2-0 loss at Elland Road in March 2017.
  • Leeds have lost each of their last four away league games against Brighton by an aggregate score of 9-0 – they’ve never lost five consecutive away games without scoring against an opponent in their league history.
  • Leeds United have played more matches at Brighton’s AMEX Stadium without winning than any other stadium in their entire history (6 – D2 L4). Since going 2-0 ahead in the first half of their first game there in 2011 (going on to draw 3-3), Leeds haven’t been ahead for a single minute in any of their subsequent five visits.
  • Brighton have drawn more Premier League games than any other side this season (13), with only the current bottom three (5 each) winning fewer games than the Seagulls this term (7).
  • Brighton have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven Premier League home games, losing both matches in which they conceded in that run (W2 D3). In fact, Brighton have failed to win any of their 10 home league games this season in which they’ve conceded at least once (D4 L6).
  • Leeds are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games (W3 D3), last having a longer run without defeat in the top-flight between May and November 2001 (13).
  • Brighton have the biggest negative difference between goals scored (33) and expected goals (46.9) in the Premier League this season, scoring roughly 14 fewer goals than their xG suggests. The Seagulls have failed to score in their last three league games, despite having 51 shots and an xG value of 3.7 in these matches.
  • Brighton’s Neal Maupay has scored four goals in his five league games against Leeds United, including the winner for the Seagulls in the reverse fixture at Elland Road this season.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored four Premier League goals in 20 games for Brighton this season, more than he had across his previous two league campaigns combined (3 goals in 26 games). Welbeck last scored more in a top-flight campaign in 2017-18 (5).
  • Following their goalless draw against Manchester United last time out, Leeds’ Illan Meslier became the youngest goalkeeper in Premier League history to record 10 clean sheets (21y 54d), overtaking Joe Hart’s record from 2008 (21y 134d).


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