Michael Owen predicts crucial Leeds United Premier League survival clash with Brentford
Michael Owen has predicted the result of the vital Leeds United game at Brentford on the last day of the Premier League season (22 May).
The Whites go into the game sitting in the final relegation position on goal-difference, knowing they have to get a better result than Burnley manage against Newcastle.
Jesse Marsch’s side have only taken two points from the last 15 on offer, while the Bees have managed 10 over the same stretch, and former England star Owen thinks it’s a tough ask for United.
He told Bet Victor: “I know there were a couple of red cards, but I liked what I saw from Brentford at Goodison last week. It’s never easy playing against a depleted side, but they kept the ball and utilised the space well. Eriksen in particularly, dominated the second half.
“I’ve worried about Leeds for weeks, and it’s all come down to this. The big worry for me for most of the year, has been the lack of goals. They’ve always been a side which concedes a lot, so if they aren’t scoring loads of goals, they’re going to be in big trouble.
“Do Leeds have it in them to go to Brentford and keep a clean sheet? I have my doubts. I think Brentford will win this 2-1.”
If Owen is right then the club is playing in the Championship again next season and the nightmare campaign will have been given an even worse conclusion.
They they even have a chance going into the final day is something given the poor recent form, and Pascal Struijk’s late equaliser against Brighton leaves the door open for a draw being enough.
But with the defensive record this year truly abysmal it seems inevitable that they going to have to find more goals from somewhere to achieve even that.
The likes of Joe Gelhardt, Raphinha, and Rodrigo surely all need to start, and start in attacking positions to give the team a chance in the capital.
Marsch has opted for a defensive approach for a number of recent games and it hasn’t worked, so surely the only option is to go all out and attack Brentford.
If Burnley beat Newcastle then the whole thing is moot, but the team at least cannot go down wondering.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay thinks the ‘ultra-positive” Marsch that arrived in January is gone and he isn’t enjoying it any more.