By George Overhill

14th Aug, 2022 | 11:30am

Leeds United predictions get Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage shut down live on BT Sport

Leeds United relegation predictions got Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage put in their place live on BT Sport during the game at Southampton on Saturday.

The trip to St Mary’s on 13 August ended 2-2 as defensive deficiencies were exposed when it should have been a second win from two after Jesse Marsch’s side went 2-0 up from a pair of Rodrigo strikes.

But it is still an unbeaten start to the Premier League season, with four points on the board, after a 2021/22 season that saw the Whites only avoid the drop on the final day, and the pessimism around their top flight hopes from the pair of pundits was smugly taken advantage of as one of their goals went in.

Speaking live on BT Sport Score on Saturday afternoon (13 August, 4.04pm), as Beckford was describing Rodrigo’s opening goal, Savage cut in to say: “Jermaine, Chris tipped Leeds to go down.”

Sutton rightfully pointed out: “Well I think you did as well Robbie.”

To which a satisfied Beckford added: “Yeah you told me that both of you did last season, and here we are.”

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Holding on

Concerning as it was to see what looked like another solid win thrown away on the south coast it can’t be overlooked that it is four points on the board already.

Considering how valuable very single one of them became as things came to a head at the end of last season that shouldn’t be underestimated.

There have been plenty of new arrivals, with mixed results, as Brenden Aaronson shone on debut against Wolves, while Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca have been surprisingly poor so far.

Something will have to be done about the defence if Liam Cooper’s fitness can’t be relied on, just as the search for a striker before the window shuts was shown to be all the more important as Patrick Bamford went off against the Saints and Joe Gelhardt wasn’t even named in the squad.

Savage has a conveniently short memory, since it was only last week on the same programme that his own prediction was highlighted alongside Sutton and Steve Sidwell’s.

Both he and Sutton are never short of something to say so it was obviously satisfying for ex-Whites striker Beckford to keep them quiet earlier.

Had the discussion been happening as the Kyle Walker-Peters equaliser been going in instead of Rodrigo’s opener it might have been different, but with the club heading into Sunday fifth in the table they might want to keep it to themselves for a bit longer.

In other Leeds United news, one of the club’s summer target is on the brink of a move after the Whites failed with a bid €10million higher than the final price.