'Leeds are done' – Lee Bowyer delivers verdict on Elland Road clash, Addicks fighting for lives
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer is hoping the fact that Leeds United have won the Championship will play into their hands on Wednesday night.
Charlton travel to Elland Road for the final game of the season and know they will probably need something from the game to avoid relegation.
Charlton are one off the drop zone at the moment but only on goal difference from Barnsley and Luton.
Leeds secured promotion on Friday night and were crowned champions on Saturday. They beat Derby on Sunday to move eight points clear at the top.
Talking on the Breakfast show on talkSPORT (Tuesday, 9am) Bowyer said he was “confident” but admitted it would be a tough game.
“I’m confident, as I’m confident in any game I’m going to go into,” Bowyer said.
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“Leeds are done, they’ve won the league, but they haven’t taken their foot off the pedal.
“Their manager is very professional and I heard they were in training today and they’ve just won the league.
“They’re the best team in the league by a mile so it will be tough.”
Wednesday night’s game will be fascinating. Lee Bowyer has a lot of respect at Leeds and there are some fans who would love to see him save his side.
However, Derby certainly didn’t find Leeds “done” on Sunday and the Whites ran out 3-1 winners despite Marcelo Bielsa making seven changes.
Sunday’s game against Derby was a dead rubber, though – neither side had anything to play for. And Gaetano Berardi suffered a major injury that will keep him out of action for at least six months.
That will have to be on some Leeds’ players minds and the prospect of playing in the Premier League under Bielsa next season will be absolutely the priority.
However, Bielsa is a man of integrity who respects the game too much to field a weakened side against Charlton. It’s also the Championship trophy presentation so we expect his strongest XI to be put out.
However, while Charlton are likely to be playing at 110%, the same might not be true for Leeds.
Another win would make the Championship win look authoritative. A defeat really wouldn’t matter at all.
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