By Amir Mir

Vinnie Jones has backed Leeds to beat promotion rivals Brighton 1-0 on Saturday evening at Elland Road.

Garry Monk and his team will be looking to further cement their place in the top six with only eight matches left to be played after this encounter.

At this moment in time, they are sitting in fifth, five points ahead of seventh-placed Fulham who play Wolves during the afternoon games on Saturday.

Former Premier League midfielder Jones backed the Whites to secure a much-needed three points on home soil.

The next two matches for Monk’s side could be crucial to where they finish in the table at the end of the season because it is against teams sitting in the top six.

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After the clash against Brighton, the Yorkshire club will take on Reading on April 1, with the Royal’s beating Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

Nonetheless, Leeds go into the match against Brighton having drawn their last two games, including a 0-0 draw against QPR last Saturday.

Striker Chris Wood, who is the joint top goalscorer in the Championship with 22 goals, will be hoping to add to his tally against the automatic hopefuls.

The last time Wood found the back of the net was against Birmingham City a fortnight ago with his side winning that encounter 3-1 at St Andrew’s.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has sent this warning message ahead of the clash against Brighton. 

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