Paul Merson backs Leeds United to avoid relegation

Former England midfielder Paul Merson has backed Leeds United to avoid a league drop at Burnley’s expense.

Los Blancos are embroiled in an intense relegation battle and are currently placed in the 18and position with only two matchdays remaining.

In a column for daily starthe 54-year-old admitted he didn’t see Leeds get to the job but still believes the club will have a chance to secure an unlikely survival for another season.

“Leeds have self-destructed and they are playing their own cup final this weekend against Brighton,” Merson wrote. “I didn’t see this Leeds collapse coming. I did not do it. They are completely and utterly in panic mode.

“But they have two winnable games and if they beat Brighton or get a point I think they stay up – because I don’t see Burnley winning another game.

“They just have to stay calm because there’s too much craziness going on right now. I don’t like to use the word brainless, I prefer calm. But there are people who panic under pressure and people who don’t panic, and those players are self-destructing.

“They have to pull themselves together because they have to stay in the Premier League and it’s getting harder and harder.”

Words of optimism

These words will give the Leeds faithful some hope for the commercial end of the campaign where they will be placed in the relegation zone, on common ground with 17and-placed Burnley but with a lower goal difference.

Therefore, the upcoming game against Brighton & Hove Albion at home becomes all the more crucial as the Whites will be playing their last game away against Brentford.

The technical staff hope that the players can deliver the goods on Sunday to register a crucial three points.

Looking at the recent record against the Seagulls, it doesn’t give Leeds much hope as they have failed to win a single game in the last three, losing two in the process and drawing.

Their previous victory against the opposition on Sunday came during the Championship days in 2017, when the Whites recorded a 2-0 triumph playing at home, thanks to goals from Newcastle United striker Chris Wood.

In other Leeds United news, the club appear to be preparing for life in the Championship with the Spanish striker they are chasing.

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Edward L. Robinett