The subject of whether Leeds Unitd or Sheffield United would finish higher in the Premier League this season was posed on the talkSPORT Breakfast show.
Alan Brazil posed the question this morning (talkSPORT, 9am) and pundits Jamie O’Hara and Ally McCoist discussed what was called a “tough question” by the Scot.
Leeds play Sheffield United on Sunday with Chris Wilder’s side struggling on the back of five straight defeats in the Premier League.
However, McCoist said there was no need for Sheffield United fans to panic ahead of the game this weekend.
“No, not at this stage,” McCoist said. “We’re probably all of the opinion that they’ve been fantastic.
“They didn’t finish the season as well as they started but there’s no reason to panic. They’ve got a fantastic manager. But it’s a great game, a proper game.”
Brazil then asked who would finish higher in the league.
O’Hara went with Leeds. “I’m going to say Leeds. I’m going to say Leeds will finish higher than Sheffield United.
“The problem they [Sheffield United] have is without fans they’re struggling. I think teams have started to suss out how to get results against that formation. They lack goals and a star man.”
McCoist sat on the fence a bit saying, “It’s a really tough question. From where I stand I think Leeds will score more goals but concede more goals.”
Bielsa v Wilder
Sheffield United had a brilliant first season in the Premier League, finishing ninth and just five points off the top six.
Leeds fans would take that right now, with a top 10 finish a fantastic achievement given the amount of promoted teams that go straight back down.
However, Sheffield United look like they’re going to have a tricky second season.
The match on Sunday should be fascinating. It sees a resolute Sheffield United side built around a tough defence and an attack that doesn’t score much, against a Leeds side with goals aplenty at both ends of the pitch.
If Leeds do finish in the top 10, it’s looking like they’re going to do it the entertaining way and it would be huge for Bielsa and the club.
McCoist pointed to the bad Leeds’ defence but Diego Llorente is about to sign a four-year deal and he will help shore things up at the back.
We think it’s going to be Leeds’ first away win of the season on Sunday and if that happens we think Blades fans will start to panic.
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