Peter Schmeichel has told The Final Word that he has a “feeling” Leeds United will avoid relegation over the course of the next fortnight – because Sam Allardyce has given them an easier route to victory, by changing their tactics.
As things stand, Leicester look the most likely to follow Southampton after losing 3-0 to Liverpool. They go north to Newcastle next, before hosting West Ham. Leeds are a point ahead of Leicester. We go to West Ham, then Spurs.
Ahead of us, Everton have the best run in. A trip to Wolves, and then Bournemouth at home. Forest are already on 34 points, three ahead of Leeds and look like a point away from safety. But, they probably have the toughest run.
Arsenal at home, in-form Palace away. Manchester United legend Schmeichel – Father of Kasper, who played for both Leeds and Leicester – says that Allardyce has made it easier for Leeds to fight, and has a feeling Leeds stay up.
“I feel that Leeds, they can find a way out of this. The way they played the other day, the way Sam is lining them up, they’re not playing out from the back – they’re playing more long-ball and it is easier to fight this way isn’t it.
“Instead of having to play your way out, it’s much easier to kick the ball up and see if you can win the second ball. Then you can defend further up the pitch. I have a feeling that Leeds are going to get out of it,” Schmeichel said.
Peter Schmeichel has a feeling Leeds will avoid relegation with Big Sam
Schmeichel is right in saying that Leeds have gone more direct under Allardyce, and if we do lose the ball, it means we are fighting to win it back higher up the pitch – less danger. Territory is key, especially at this late stage in games.
But what Leeds need more than anything is points. Realistically, four points at least. A win against either Spurs of West Ham and a draw in the other. A big ask, but there is a feeling of positivity around Elland Road under Big Sam.