Joleon Lescott believes Antonio Conte could “walk” from Tottenham soon if there are some bad results but expects a win against Leeds United.
The pressure is increasing on the Italian, much like it was recently mounting on Jesse Marsch before two dramatic wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth in back-to-back matches has seen that subside, but the BT Sport pundit thinks three in a row might be beyond them.
Despite three defeats in their last five outings, Spurs are still in the top four, while the much-needed six points for the Whites has seen them climb to 12th, but Lescott expects the home side to record a 3-1 win in north London on Saturday afternoon (12 November).
In his predictions for Live Score he said: “It’s been another rough week for Tottenham and it feels like some fans are starting to turn on Antonio Conte — a few more bad results and you wouldn’t be all that surprised to see him walk!
“I still believe the Italian will turn things around in North London and this home clash with Leeds is very winnable.
“The Whites have had a couple of dramatic late wins but they’d need to raise their levels again to make it three in a row.”
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Only a couple of weeks ago the start of Lescott’s prediction could just as easily have applied to Leeds United and Marsch.
Even an hour into the 4-3 win over Bournemouth it felt like it would have been fairly accurate come 90 minutes, but for the second week running his youngsters rescued him.
Crysencio Summerville has taken the Joe Gelhardt habit of producing late magic and built on it, while Wilfried Gnonto has started to show his quality.
Forgotten man Sam Greenwood was instrumental in turning round a two-goal deficit at Elland Road last week, and given that the previous win combined some sparkling attacking play with some calamitous defensive disasters it is pretty tough to predict what will happen.
It has been the big sides that have brought the best out of the Whites so far this year, with the wins over Chelsea and Liverpool, plus the tight loss to Arsenal, the days where Marsch’s side have looked the best.
So while on paper it might seem like a home win for Spurs is likely, it is no foregone conclusion, and last week showed that Harry Kane and company will have to put the game well beyond doubt to be safe.
In other Leeds United news, the club are in the race for an attacking star who is set to move in January with his agent already in talks.