By Craig Scott

12th May, 2022 | 8:49am

Match of the Day make Leeds United prediction as Gary Lineker reacts to 'incredible' stat

Gary Lineker suggests that goal difference could be the enemy of Leeds United in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

After being beaten 3-0 by Chelsea at Elland Road on Wednesday night (11 May), the Whites have been left with a goal difference of -38, which is a lot worse than relegation rivals Burnley [-17] and Everton [-19].

Leeds, who are 18th, also have one less game to play than Burnley and Everton.

Martin Keown thinks that the Whites are doomed to return to the Championship.

“There’s the points table. I mean, it’s quite an incredible goal difference [for] Leeds compared to the other two but fixtures-wise, Burnley have got tough fixtures,” said Lineker on Match of the Day on 11 May, as shown on BBC iPlayer.

“How do you see it Martin, who’s going to go down?”

Keown said: “I’m thinking Leeds are going to slip through, they’ve lost the last three.

“Burnley have won three of the last four and Everton have won two of the last three so I think that’s a really valuable point for Frank Lampard [against Watford].”

Lineker then said: “Leeds need to win to have a chance, do you think?”

Ashley Williams then offered his thoughts on the Whites, saying: “I think it’s just a bit too far for them now.

“I fancy Everton and Burnley to stay up.”

Goal fest

If there’s one thing you can guarantee when Leeds play, it’s that there’ll be cards and there’ll be goals.

Leeds have set the record for cards received this season having picked up a whopping 97 yellow cards and three red cards.

The Whites have also proven to be ridiculously easy to play against, conceding so many goals.

Illan Meslier has managed to keep five clean sheets in the Premier League this season but when the Frenchman does concede, he concedes a truckload.

Only 20th-placed Norwich [78] have conceded more times than Leeds United [77] this season. It’ll take some beating to break the Premier League record for a 20-team league as Derby conceded 89 in 2007/08.

Either way, Marcelo Bielsa’s gung-ho approach to the game was risky and it hasn’t worked while Jesse Marsch’s more pragmatic approach has been just as bad.

Marsch did pick up some big results after taking charge, overseeing wins over Wolves, Watford and Norwich.

However, that’s just three games and Burnley and Everton have been in better form in recent weeks and also have that extra game to play.

Leeds look as though they’re doomed.

But let’s pray that we’re not out of the Premier League longer than we were last time around.

In other Leeds United news, a Super Computer has made a prediction about Leeds’ survival hopes after the defeat to Chelsea.