Chris Sutton has told BBC Sport that he is absolutely delighted for Jesse Marsch for overseeing back-to-back wins with Leeds United, but admitted that he would back Tottenham to win against the Whites this weekend.
Leeds have moved into mid-table over the last week. However, their situation going into their clash with Liverpool last month seemed incredibly bleak.
Marsch was coming under serious pressure after Leeds went eight games without a win. They lost four in a row ahead of the trip to Anfield. And it seemed that Marsch may be destined for the sack with a break in the season looming.
Sutton delighted for Marsch
The jury is still out on Marsch somewhat. But there is absolutely no question that he has fought back from the brink brilliantly in the last two games.
Leeds grabbed late winners against both Liverpool and Bournemouth to move right up the table.
Tottenham lie ahead for Leeds. Spurs are going through an awful run right now and have conceded first in their last seven games.
Sutton has lauded Marsch for Leeds’ last two league results. But he did back the home side to come out on top.
“I’ve really not got a clue what will happen here. Spurs boss Antonio Conte says his players are tired, yet they have this record of fighting back in games this season – so that does not really add up,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 3-1 Spurs win.
“I was genuinely delighted for Leeds boss Jesse Marsch that he followed up his win at Liverpool by beating Bournemouth, because he has had a bit of flak this season.
“I am really not sure about Tottenham’s defence but they have to respond here after a bad week and, with Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski in contention to start, they will be dangerous.
“This is the type of game where either side could win it, even if they fall behind – but I am going to go with Spurs.”
Of course, the board may have other ideas. But Marsch has bought himself some time with the fans.
There are still concerns. The bottom three remains in touching distance. And Leeds have some tough fixtures ahead after the World Cup.
But there is clearly a desire to make things work amongst Marsch and the players.
A win against Tottenham would be absolutely huge. As Sutton suggests, it really could go either way at the weekend.