By George Overhill

26th Apr, 2022 | 6:10am

Leeds United prediction causes Jonathan Pearce embarrassing live slip, Chris Sutton hysterics

BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce made an embarrassing slip of the tongue live during the Leeds United draw with Crystal Palace last night (25 April).

He was running through his predictions for the Premier League relegation battle, which wasn’t a comfortable one for United fans as he expects a three-way tie involving the Whites to be broken by goal-difference, but gave too much away about his success rate.

After the point from the 0-0 at Selhurst Park Jesse Marsch’s side are three ahead of Burnley and five above Everton, but are significantly worse off on the goal counts.

After Pearce had run down the upcoming fixtures on the BBC Radio 5 Live match broadcast (25 April, 08.25pm), co-commentator Chris Sutton asked: “Have you done a little points tally for teams at the bottom? Do you do boring things like that?”

“I certainly do. I’m very proud of it yes, thank you very much Chris,” answered Pearce.

“At the moment, the bottom two I don’t think will survive. Then I think it will go to goal difference between Everton, Burnley and Leeds because I think they’ll all finish on 40 [points].”

“Wow…and how many years have you done this for?” asked Sutton.

“Well I’m proud to say 42 years in a row now Chris.”

“And how many years have you been right?”

Then, much to Sutton’s amusement Pearce accidentally said: “I’m proud to say Chris, no times out of 42… You know I talk about manager’s success rates? Well I’ve got a nought per-cent sex rate… success rate. That as well!”

As Sutton continued wheezing Pierce added: “Oh dear, incorrigible.”

Too much information

While that was more than most probably wanted to know about the 62-year-old his suggestion for the relegation battle might not be far off.

Although safety seemed virtually assured following the 3-0 victory over Watford on 9 April, things have changed quite dramatically since.

Burnley, who previously looked out of it, sacked manager Sean Dyche and have produced two wins and a draw in the mean time, while the Whites have only added the scrappy point at Palace.

Everton currently look to be in the most danger, following the contentious defeat in the Merseyside derby, but things can clearly change quickly.

With a daunting run of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in the next three games it is not inconceivable that they bring no points back to Elland Road.

If the two rivals can pick up some results at the same time then suddenly the three-way battle is very much on, especially as they both have to play Watford in their next three games.

The Whites are currently in pole position, but concern might be starting to creep back in despite a solid run of results on paper.

In other Leeds United news, Sutton was outraged at one first-team player for his “stupidity” at Palace.