By George Overhill

22nd Apr, 2022 | 11:40am

Mark Lawrenson predicts Crystal Palace v Leeds United result with club not 'safe yet'

Mark Lawrenson predicts that Leeds United will have enough to “edge” their trip to Crystal Palace on Monday (25 April) and will soon be able to “relax”.

The former Liverpool defender believes that the Whites’ form under Jesse Marsch should ensure they are safe from relegation, and thinks they can come up with three points towards safety here with a 2-1 win..

The Eagles are currently four points ahead of United in 14th but have lost their last two Premier League games and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.

In his BBC Sport predictions, Lawrenson said: “Leeds are not quite safe yet, but it is really only a matter of time until they can relax.

“Jesse Marsch lost his first two games after taking over from Marcelo Bielsa at the start of March, but since then he has won three and drawn one. That is not relegation form.

“Crystal Palace have suffered a little drop in form, losing their past two league games as well as that FA Cup semi-final and I just fancy Leeds to edge this one.

“Marsch’s side play with a lot of energy and and they have had a bit of a break since beating Watford on 9 April, which might make the difference.”

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As impossible as it seemed during the final throws of the Marcelo Bielsa era Leeds are actually in the best form in the league over the last four games.

Marsch has put together an unbeaten run that includes three wins and a draw, which only Liverpool can currently match that during that span.

The draw in that sequence was arguably the game that United controlled the most, as all three others were dramatic affairs that could have gone either way.

But he has been getting results, which until relegation is mathematically avoided has to be the priority.

This is the first game for the Whites in 16 days following victory at Watford (9 April) so momentum has been interrupted.

The break was primarily filled with focus on Bielsa with the fan tribute in a Rosario newspaper and a dispute over the new manager’s comments on his predecessor overtraining the players.

It is time to get back to the primary focus and secure top flight status.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared whether the club will return for a previous transfer target that has surprised him with their success.