Paul Merson has told SportsKeeda that he believes Leeds United will get a point against Bournemouth on Sunday in an exciting looking 2-2 draw – but a point might not be enough to give Leeds a fighting chance to avoid relegation.
Having failed to secure a win in their last four games, and one win in their last six, Leeds look right up against it at the moment. Failure to beat Leicester on Tuesday leaves Leeds with just 30 points from 33 Premier League games.
Not only are Leeds struggling for form and confidence under manager Javi Gracia, but there are ongoing issues. The fans were chanting at Gracia to “make a sub” against Leicester and Willy Gnonto’s omission remains bizarre.
On Sunday, Leeds take on Bournemouth. A side that sit in 14th place, but look pretty safe after a 1-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night. Leeds may have to secure a win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.
Indeed, our run in is tough. Trips to Manchester City and West Ham, and home clashes against Newcastle and Tottenham. Merson, though, predicts a 2-2 draw between Leeds and Bournemouth – which might not be enough.
“Leeds United play one way. They play frantic football. Even though they’ve changed managers, they continue to play the same. No one has been able to come and change it. They have to have a go at Bournemouth this weekend.
“They’ve got to win. They play Man City away, Newcastle at home, West Ham away, Tottenham at home after this. They need to get something positive out of this game. Leeds play such gung-ho football and it might help them.”
Merson: Leeds will get a point but it might not be enough at Bournemouth
It does seem unlikely that Leeds will go to Bournemouth and get a win. Bournemouth have been excellent of late, but the 4-0 loss to West Ham at the Vitality Stadium will give Leeds hope going into Sunday’s League fixture.
If we do draw, we will go to 31 points. Brentford should beat Forest at home, Newcastle should beat Southampton at home. But on Sunday, it is Leicester against Everton and Leeds have got to pray for a win, and those two to draw.