'I really fancy' - Michael Owen predicts result of Leeds clash v Leicester
Michael Owen thinks Leeds are in for a tough afternoon when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester on Saturday lunchtime.
The Whites kick off the post-Marcelo Bielsa era with a lunch-time trip to take on Brendan Rodgers’ side, as new boss Jesse Marsch looks to turn the team’s fortunes around with a win.
But with Leeds currently on a run of nine defeats in 12 games, Owen doesn’t think Marsch could have made that much of a difference in a week since coming in and wrote in his BetVictor prediction column that he expects the Foxes to come away with a 2-0 win and all three points.
“That was a good win for Leicester at Turf Moor on Tuesday, and they probably could have won by three or four,” he said.
“Getting Jamie Vardy back in the side will give them a lift, and I can see them going on a good run of form to end the season.
“Bielsa will be a big miss in the Premier League, I’ve loved watching his side play. Leeds have been brilliant to watch in the last couple of years, but the results recently haven’t been good enough. Jesse Marsch comes in with a good reputation, but the morale around the club can’t be good, Bielsa was adored by the fans.
“I really fancy Leicester here. I don’t think Leeds will show much improvement and I think the majority of the fans are still sad to see Bielsa go. 2-0 Leicester.”
You could argue that Marsch is starting his tenure as Leeds manager under more pressure than Bielsa ended his tenure under.
The Whites are absolutely desperate for points, currently sitting in 16th place in the Premier League and just two points separate them from the relegation zone.
The American has set his sights on slightly changing the way they play, planning to bin the man-to-man style but also looking to use the positives of the Bielsa way to get the best out of the team.
But with less than a week of preparation between the two parties, as well as the team still suffering from injuries to key players like Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford it will be tough.
Leicester earned a win most recently and are welcoming players back, so it’ll be tough but it’s the Premier League and anything is possible. Fingers crossed Owen is wrong.
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