HEAD coach Uwe Rosler believes Leeds United will be suited by the threat of Saturday’s unbeaten visitors Brighton declaring: “we generally do well against teams who are called favourites.”
United are seeking a first Elland Road victory since March and will set a new unwanted club record of 11 home games without a win should they fail to beat the Seagulls.
Brighton sit top of the Championship and are as short as 5-4 favourites with the bookmakers but Rosler hopes the visiting side’s ambition could play into United’s hands.
Leeds were undone by a classic counter-attacking performance from pacey Birmingham City in their last game before the international break but Rosler is expecting a different conundrum tomorrow afternoon.
Rosler said: “We generally do well against teams who are called favourites or who are above us in that moment in time.
“There is a little bit of underdog syndrome which we quite like at the moment and I see that.
“I think Brighton will come full of confidence. Why not? They are in a good position at the moment and they will come here to win and I think we are always getting more out of playing against those kind of teams.
“It will be interesting and I think we will have a chance because I think the game will open up.
“I think Brighton will have a different approach to Birmingham and a different approach to Sheffield Wednesday and we will see how we can capitalise on that.”
Leeds approach the fixture sat 16th in the Championship and just three points above the dropzone, largely due to a home run that has yielded just three points from a possible 15.
But while Rosler seems destined to make changes to his tactics, the German said those alterations would not be “too drastic” and is warning that Brighton will be well equipped whatever United throw at them.
Rosler also paid tribute to the work of Seagulls boss Chris Hughton in transforming a side battling relegation to among the favourites to go up.
“Brighton can play both ways,” warned Rosler.
“They can play counter attack football very effective like they did against Bolton but they can also play possession football very effective too.
“They can manufacture chances through 400 or 500 passes and that is for us a challenge.
“Brighton will take us on with their football expertise that they have and if that is on the counter attack they are committing a lot of people.
“Birmingham committed three people in their counter attacks - not more than that and had seven men behind the ball all 90 minutes.
“Brighton commit more bodies because they have nothing to lose. They already have enough points on the board at this time of year.
“Last season Chris Hughton took over at Brighton and I call him a friend.
“He is a good man and I am very happy that he got the job.
“He is a brilliant football man with experience and he used that experience very well when he came into a difficult situation.
“He made sure the team stayed over the line in the Championship, used the summer well, cleared out things, brought new players in and developed in a good time over this last year.”
United, meanwhile, are desperately seeking to end a home hoodoo that now stretches to nearly eight months and Rosler admits he is desperate to end United’s Elland Road frustration.
“You can see my disappointment when we don’t win at home,” said the German.
“I speak to my players every day and of course we find solutions.
“I have said to the players ‘they are looking at it’ and I want some answers.
“In preparation for Brighton we gave them a clear simple game plan which we feel is a plan that we can win the game.
“We want to be very, very difficult to beat against the best team in this league at this moment in time.”