Brighton & Hove Albion-Leeds United Preview
Jesse Marsch admits Leeds United are entering must-win territory when they host Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road, as the Yorkshire side fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Following a run of three successive defeats, the last two of which saw them receive a red card, beleaguered Leeds have just two games remaining to climb out of the relegation zone.
Marsch's team will likely need to better Burnley's final few results to escape the drop, and he is in no mood to play down the importance of their meeting with the Seagulls.
"We feel like we have to win the match," he said. "The tricky part is, regardless of the result with Burnley, they have a match to play on Thursday as well.
"In the end, the most points we can pick up in this match will help our situation, so our focus is on winning the game.
"The players want to do whatever they can for the fans, it's a positive for us, we are going to use it that way and we need them at our backs again."
Meanwhile, Graham Potter's Brighton may be sat comfortably in ninth position, but he remains keen for his team to end the season on a high, and says his team will not do Leeds any favours.
"The guys want to finish as well as they can. They're young, ambitious, they want to do well. Everyone's fighting for the points, that's what the Premier League is," Potter said.
"Leeds don't expect us to turn up there and have a nice, relaxed game. You don't get any help from anybody, you've got to do everything yourself.
"We need to maintain that mentality and finish the season as strongly as possible."
Leeds United - Jack Harrison
Harrison has scored seven league goals for Leeds this season, with only Raphinha (10) netting more. The winger looks likely to be fit for this huge game, and in the absence of the suspended Daniel James, could provide a key goal threat for the hosts.
Brighton and Hove Albion - Leandro Trossard
Trossard has been involved in six goals in his last five league appearances (four goals, two assists), as many as in his previous 37 Premier League games (five goals, one assist), and the tricky Belgian will be looking to continue his fine form on Saturday.
- Leeds have lost eight of their last 10 league meetings with Brighton (W1 D1), also failing to score on eight separate occasions in that run.
- Leeds have only lost their final home game in just one of their last 18 top-flight campaigns (W10 D7), with that defeat coming against Tottenham in 1995-96 (1-3).
- Leeds have lost nine Premier League home games this season, and conceded 37 goals at Elland Road. Only in 1946-47 (10) have they lost more, while only in 1959-60 (46) have they conceded more at home in a single top-flight campaign - they were relegated at the end of both seasons.
- Brighton have scored nine goals in their last three Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 14 beforehand. They've beaten Wolves 3-0 and Manchester United 4-0 in their last two, last winning three consecutive league games by at least three goals in February 1969.
- With 97 yellows and three reds this season, Leeds have become the first side to receive 100 cards in a single Premier League campaign. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Whites have also committed more fouls than any other side this term (440).
Updated May 14, 2022