BBC Sports pundit predicts Leeds clash against Sutton United
By Amir Mir
BBC Sports pundit Mark Lawrenson has backed Leeds to beat Sutton United 2-0 at Ganders Green Lane on Sunday afternoon.
The Championship promotion hopefuls travel to the non-league side at the weekend looking to avoid an upset against Paul Doswell’s men.
Sutton picked up a remarkable 3-1 win against League One side Wimbledon to progress to this stage of the competition.
By contrast, Garry Monk’s team struggled and scrapped through with a 2-1 win against League Two Cambridge.
Ahead of the mouth-watering encounter, former Liverpool centre-back Lawrenson stated the difficulties of Sutton’s 3G pitch and how the Whites will prepare for it.
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“For me this is the tie of the round – a non-league side at home to a massive club,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website. “Sutton have a very different playing surface at Ganders Green Lane these days and their 3G pitch has caused people a few problems in the past.
“However, I understand Leeds have got a very similar artificial pitch at their training ground, so they will have a chance to prepare.”
Doswell’s side picked up a 1-1 draw against Eastleigh on home soil in their last encounter, while Monk’s team secured a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the second-tier.
Sutton are 15th in the National League table on 36 points from their 28 league games, winning ten of those encounters and losing 12.
By contrast, their opponents are third in the Championship on 51 points from their 28 games, having won 16 matches this season and losing only nine.
Monk played a mixture of fringe players and first-team players in the last round as he will be looking to avoid an upset here.
On-loan Torino defender Pontus Jansson played in the win against Cambridge as the Sweden international is one of Monk’s key players.