Michael Owen predicts result of Leeds United clash vs Chelsea
Michael Owen says Leeds United can’t afford to be ill disciplined in their upcoming games after falling into the relegation zone, and expects a tough clash against Chelsea on Wednesday [May 11].
The Whites were beaten by Arsenal after Luke Ayling was shown a straight red card for a needless two-footed lunge in the first half, and now sit in the relegation zone on goal difference alone with three games remaining.
But with the a huge game against Chelsea this week, Owen told BetVictor that these games are ‘too important’ to give themselves a disadvantage but still backed the Blues to pick up a 2-0 win as they can’t afford to drop points in the top four race.
“Leeds now find themselves in the relegation zone, it’s been a tough few weeks for the club,” he said.
“They showed some fight against Arsenal but to play with ten men for well over a half is asking too much of this side. You can’t have disciplinary issues this late in the season, the games are too important to be a man down.
“For Chelsea, they too find themselves under some pressure. For most of the season, it would have been unthinkable for them to finish outside the top four, but they are making things difficult for themselves.
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“With Arsenal just a point behind, they can’t afford any more dropped points.
“I think Chelsea will win this though. Leeds are really struggling, 2-0 Chelsea.”
For Leeds, this is a must win game which is not something they needed at this period of the season considering the position they’re in.
Their shocking goal difference essentially means they have a point less than their rivals, and they have a very tough set of fixtures remaining in the season run-in.
But with Chelsea having a poor run of form and an FA Cup final to come this weekend, this could be the perfect time for them to face the Blues and have the Elland Road crowd roar them on to an unexpected result.
It would take some pressure off them and move it all on to Burnley if they were capable of getting the result, with the Clarets looking to bounce back from their first defeat under Mike Jackson.
But the onus is on Marsch and his men to get the result, otherwise they must start thinking about life in the Championship.
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