By Nick Ware

2nd Oct, 2021 | 7:52am

Michael Owen makes Marcelo Bielsa 'pressure' claim in Leeds United v Watford prediction

Michael Owen predicts Leeds United to claim their first Premier League victory of the season in Saturday’s Elland Road clash against Watford.

After a ninth-placed finish last season that won them so many admirers, Leeds are beginning to feel the Premier League heat as they sit 18th and winless after six games.

Watford, meanwhile, have collected seven points to ensure a solid start on their return to the top-flight.

Ex-Liverpool striker Owen, writing his weekly predictions on the BetVictor website, believes the tide will start to turn in West Yorkshire this weekend.

“Leeds will have been gutted to lose to West Ham last week in the last minute,” he said. “It was the same old story for Leeds, chance after chance squandered. Pressure is beginning to mount on Bielsa and his side could do with getting their first win of the season here.

“This will be an entertaining game that’s for sure. These two were involved in two thrillers last week and this could be no different. I think Leeds will narrowly edge it 2-1.”

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Raphinha v Sarr

There will be a few talented players on show on Saturday, but it’s fair to say that these two sides rely heavily on one player, certainly this season, anyway.

Raphinha has been the main man for Leeds with Patrick Bamford struggling with form and fitness.

Indeed, the Brazilian is the only player to score more than one goal [three] for the Whites in the Premier League this season.

The Hornets, meanwhile, are heavily reliant on their flying winger Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegal star has already scored four Premier League goals this season which is just one shy of his total for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign.

The 23-year-old has already tormented established full-backs like Matt Target (Aston Villa), so it could be a tough task for Leeds defenders to cope with him today.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has suggested the Whites may look to offload this player in January if Marcelo Bielsa reduces his minutes.