By Daniel Feliciano

21st May, 2022 | 9:10am

Mark Lawrenson predicts huge Leeds United clash vs Brentford

Mark Lawrenson believes Leeds will be relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season because Brentford will be too good for them.

The Whites head into the final game in the relegation zone behind Burnley on goal difference, and know they must better the result of the Clarets to be able to call themselves a Premier League side next season.

But Lawrenson, writing in his final BBC Sport prediction column, believes despite playing at ‘200mph’ and needing a result that Brentford will be able to outscore them at home and condemn Jesse Marsch’s side to the drop.

“To stay up, Leeds know they need a better result than Burnley manage against Newcastle – but I can’t see them getting it,” he said.

“Jesse Marsch’s side kept going last time out, and nicked a vital point against Brighton in injury time, but getting anything at all at Brentford is a big ask.

“The Bees are in great form and there is no point saying they have got nothing to play for because this is going to be one of the best seasons in their history. Their highest-ever position is fifth in the old First Division, in 1936, and they could still make ninth this year.

“The impetus Christian Eriksen has given them since signing in January has just been sensational. You would almost give him player of the year, his impact has been that big.

“I just fancy Brentford to get goals on Sunday – far more than I do Leeds, even though they won’t lack any effort because they play at 200mph anyway.”

Uphill battle

There’s no doubt that Leeds face an uphill battle this Sunday when they take on Brentford, reigniting an old rivalry from the Championship.

The London club have lofty ambitions this season to end their campaign on a massive high, and being able to send Leeds back down a division will undoubtedly put a huge smile on the fans’ faces.

But this is a club built to fight and the team have shown the character to be able to battle back against the odds and save themselves with a massive result when they needed it.

The travelling fans will be behind them and will be as loud as ever, pushing them towards a result wherever they can find one and hoping to give them any advantage they can in a tight game.

They will need a little luck too, since a Burnley win will mean their result won’t even matter, but they must be in a position to take advantage of that if it comes about.

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