Chris Sutton has predicted Leeds United will back up their dramatic win at Liverpool with victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The late Crysencio Summerville winner at Anfield lifted a good deal of the pressure that had built up on Jesse Marsch in the prior weeks, but will be undone if it is not backed up with more points against the Cherries.
There is just a point and a place separating the two sides going into the game at the weekend (5 November) but with Sutton predicting a 2-1 home win at Elland Road it could be a risk given the Whites have made a habit of proving him wrong this season, not least last week.
In his BBC Sport predictions column he said: “I was only just out when I predicted that Leeds would lose 6-1 at Liverpool last week.
“I took a lot of flak from Leeds fans following their win at Anfield but, once again, it was after the event. They were thinking the same as me before the game.
“Seriously though, I was pleased for Leeds boss Jesse Marsch when he got that result. I have never met him, and he bigs his team up possibly too much at times after they’ve lost games, but I get why he is always trying to be positive about his players.
“That win will buy him a bit of time, not with the club’s owners, but with the Elland Road crowd who were on his back when they lost to Fulham in their last home game.
“That goodwill will only last if Marsch can back it up by beating Bournemouth, who were woeful as they chucked away a 2-0 lead to lose against Tottenham last time out.
“But it is a good enough reason to be positive about Leeds, and I am going for them to win this one. Unfortunately for them, that usually means they lose.”
Not many expected United to go to Merseyside and upset Jurgen Klopp’s side, but they did the hard work and pulled it off.
Getting a performance out of his players for the biggest games hasn’t been too much of an issue for Marsch this year, so the easier assignment on paper may actually be the trickier task.
A second win in a row could fire Leeds United as many as four places up the table, such is the congested nature of the Premier League right now.
And with just two more games before the World Cup break, including a tough trip to Tottenham, it is a major opportunity to stave off the relegation battle fears for now and be in a strong position for the return to action in December.
Sutton was made to look foolish for predicting a hammering at Anfield, but everyone knows he will be the first to point out the shoe is on the other foot if Leeds drop the ball against Bournemouth.
The Cherries arrive in poor form, having lost three in a row and not won in four, so the goalscoring difficulties against a team that may be tempted to sit deep will come into focus.
Luis Sinisterra looks set to be out for some time, so he won’t be in any position to help, but Summerville should be buoyed by his first of the season.
It would be extremely helpful if Patrick Bamford’s luck changed sooner rather than later, but whoever it comes from the team have to make their chances count and secure three points.
In other Leeds United news, BBC journalists shared what happened with Victor Orta appeared in front of the away fans at Anfield.