Joleon Lescott predicts Leeds United vs Bournemouth result in positive Elland Road atmosphere
Joleon Lescott believes that Leeds United will follow up their much-needed win at Liverpool with another against embattled Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Jesse Marsch’s job and the club’s season felt like it was on the line as the Whites went to Anfield last week, but having pulled off a shock the fans should be in a more jubilant mood at Elland Road.
Lescott, a BT Sport pundit, thinks the momentum and the home crowd will be the difference makers so has predicted United to secure a comfortable 2-0 win.
In his Live Score predictions the ex-England defender said: “Jesse Marsch really needed that win at Anfield, mainly just to keep the Leeds fans on his side coming into this clash.
“It should be a much more positive atmosphere from the start and Bournemouth may be feeling a little sorry for themselves after three straight losses — some coming in controversial fashion.
“Momentum can be ever so important at the bottom, so I’ll plump for a home win.”
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On paper it seems like if the Whites can go to Anfield and win under the lights then they should have no problems dispatching a Cherries side on a run of three defeats.
But it wouldn’t be very Leeds for things to be that straight forward so Marsch will have to drill into his players not to get complacent.
It’s been the biggest games this year that have been the best, so this one potentially has ‘banana skin’ written all over it, and a defeat would completely undercut the Liverpool win.
Picking up points against the sides closest to them is vital at this point for Leeds United, and six points from six after things were looking perilous would go a long way towards calming the situation before the World Cup.
Bournemouth felt hard done by in their defeat at West Ham (24 October), then threw away a two-goal lead last weekend against Tottenham (29 October), so will be feeling aggrieved and potentially low on confidence.
If the Whites can get on top early it should be a game that they can take over, but Gary O’Neil’s side will be dangerous so no liberties can be taken by the home side.
In other Leeds United news, there is a slippery-looking pattern developing with the club’s board and it could be bad news for January.