Leeds United-Brighton & Hove Albion Preview
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa insisted he will not "hide or shy away" from the Premier League relegation battle as his side prepare to travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Leeds sit 17th, having managed just 11 points from their opening 12 games following a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham last Sunday.
The Whites have also lost their last five away league games at the Amex Stadium, failing to score in all of those, but Bielsa claimed he will not back down from the challenge.
"There's two ways to see it," Bielsa started. "One of them is we are avoiding being in the bottom three. I don't hide that or try to shy away from it.
"It's the reality we have to face and it's the situation we need to avoid. The results we have obtained up top now are those that position us where we are.
"The performances in the last period have been improving. What we deserve to allow us to think we should have more points. I don't ignore the reality and I always fight to reverse a negative period."
The Seagulls are also struggling after a seven-game winless run has seen them drop down to ninth following a 2-0 loss against Aston Villa and Brighton head coach Graham Potter is expecting another tough task on Saturday.
"The thing with Leeds is it's so authentic, so clear and they've had an amazing journey with Marcelo [Bielsa] there," Potter said.
"(After) promotion and a big club like Leeds United with that support and belief behind them, they're always going to be a fantastic opponent in the Premier League.
"So it's a game you have to look forward to, you know what you're going to get, you're going to get an intensity that's really impressive and you have to stand up to that."
Brighton and Hove Albion - Neal Maupay
Neal Maupay has scored four goals in his six league games against Leeds, more than he's netted against any other side in English league football.
Leeds United - Raphinha
Since his debut for the club in October 2020, Leeds have won 45% of their Premier League games in which Raphinha has featured (18/40), but have won none of their six matches when the Brazilian has been absent (D2 L4).
·Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has won 65% of his Premier League games against English managers (13/20), compared to just 23% versus managers from anywhere but England (7/30).
·Leeds have converted just 6.9% of their shots in the Premier League this season (12 goals from 175 shots) - only Norwich (5.8%) have a lower shot conversion rate than Marcelo Bielsa's side this term.
·Only Burnley (14) and Newcastle (12) have dropped more points from winning positions than Leeds (10) in the Premier League this season. It's four more points than the Whites dropped in the whole of last season (6).
·In their first eight Premier League games this season, Brighton conceded just five goals (0.6 per game) and faced just 21 shots on target (2.6 per game). In their last four, the Seagulls have conceded nine goals (2.3 per game) and faced 23 shots on target (5.8 per game).
·Brighton have won eight of their last nine league games against Leeds (L1), achieving the double over the Whites in the Premier League last season.
Updated November 26, 2021