Leeds face a must win game when they host Brighton in the Premier League this weekend if they are to avoid relegation.

Jesse Marsch’s side suffered their third straight defeat at home to Chelsea in midweek to leave their survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Leeds are desperate for three points when they face Brighton

Leeds are desperate for three points when they face Brighton

Leeds had a player sent off for the second game in a row as Dan James saw red during the crushing 3-0 defeat to the Blues.

The latest loss left the club languishing in the relegation zone, level on points with Burnley and two below Everton, but having played a game more than both sides.

Brighton, meanwhile, have little to play for in terms of league position but come into this clash in good form.

The Seagulls have won the last two games with seven goals scored and successive clean sheets to boot.

Leeds vs Brighton: talkSPORT commentary

This Premier League clash will take place on Sunday, May 15.

talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the match at Elland Road which will kick off at 2pm.

Commentary will come from Ian Danter and former England defender Micky Gray.

talkSPORT will also including updates from West Ham’s game with Manchester City and as well as Norwich’s trip to Wolves.

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Dan James added to Leeds’ woes following his red card against Chelsea

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Dan James added to Leeds’ woes following his red card against Chelsea

Leeds vs Brighton: Team news

The hosts, who are already dealing with an injury crisis, will also be without James due to his red card against Chelsea.

Luke Ayling remains banned following his sending off the game before, while Patrick Bamford is among the players sidelined.

Brighton are missing the likes of Enock Mwepu, Jakub Moder and Jeremy Sarmiento due to injury.

But Graham Potter may take the opportunity to freshen up his team, with Adam Lallana an unused substitute in the win over Manchester United.

United were thrashed 4-0 by Brighton on Saturday

United were thrashed 4-0 by Brighton on Saturday

Leeds vs Brighton: What has been said?

Jesse Marsch: “Two tackles in the last two games that are a little bit crossing the line and hurting the team. I’m not going to blame or finger point any of our players. They’ve given everything they can.

“We have to stay within boundaries in not jeopardising ourselves.

“The players are so committed, they deserve more. I’m trying to help them to earn it. I have to stay strong with my belief which I have.

“I believe we can still fight for every point left. Until the red card there were a lot of good things.

“I like our team, I like the club, I love the fanbase. I’m really happy here. We had our backs against the wall in a very difficult situation.

“None of us have lived this. In big games we make the exact same mistakes. We are all in this together and doing everything we can. We’re up for the challenge.”

Leeds v Brighton: Match facts

  • Brighton’s Leandro Trossard has been directly involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games (4 goals, 2 assists), as many as in his previous 37 league appearances (5 goals, 1 assist). His 11 goal involvements in total this term (8 goals, 3 assists) is his best return in a single Premier League campaign.
  • 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).
  • Leeds United have been shown a red card in the first half in each of their last two Premier League games – no side has ever had a player sent off before half-time in three consecutive matches in the competition before.
  • Leeds are averaging fewer than 10 shots per game under Jesse Marsch in the Premier League this season (9.7), having averaged almost 14 under Marcelo Bielsa this term (13.7).
  • 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.
  • 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 won their final away league game in just one of the last seven seasons (D4 L2), beating Burnley 2-1 on the final day of the 2019-20 campaign.
  • 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 Spurs in 1995-96 (1-3).
  • Brighton have won five of their last seven away league games against Leeds (L2), having won just one of their first 16 visits to Elland Road (D6 L9).
  • 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.

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