By Mark Smith

14th Dec, 2020 | 8:15pm

'Absolutely battered' - Sky Sports pundit predicts winner in Leeds clash v Newcastle

Lewis Jones has backed Leeds United to return to winning ways in their Premier League clash against Newcastle on Wednesday.

The Sky Sports pundit has claimed that if Marcelo Bielsa’s side can restrict the away side from set-pieces, they should comfortably win 3-1 at Elland Road.

Leeds have only won one of their last six matches and will be viewing this as a great chance to pick up some form going into the massive clash against Manchester United.

Writing in his Sky Sports prediction column, Jones has claimed that the Whites will be “too hot to handle” for the travelling Magpies.

“If Leeds can restrict Newcastle’s ability to win set-pieces, then this should be a pretty comfortable home win,” he said.

“Marcelo Bielsa’s men were absolutely battered from free-kicks and corners against West Ham but Steve Bruce’s men are nowhere near as potent as the east Londoners in that department.

“Despite winning just one of their last six matches, Bielsa’s boys are still playing with the same attacking verve that got them back in the big time. They surely will be too hot for Newcastle to handle.”

Every single time the Whites concede a pointless set-piece, it feels as though they are their own worst nightmare – something that was clear against West Ham.

Newcastle have had serious problems with COVID-19 and were missing a number of players against West Brom last time out.

Thankfully, they were missing the serious height of Andy Carroll, Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar – something which could massively benefit Leeds.

Allan Saint-Maximin has yet to return to training too, with the Frenchman one of those players who pick up dangerous set-pieces with their dribbling.

Leeds are desperate for three points, and everything appears to be pointing their way on paper – something they must translate onto the pitch.

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