By George Overhill

17th Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Paul Merson has predicted Leeds United misery to continue for the visit to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Thursday.

The Whites travel to the Foxes on 20 October after a drama-filled 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Sunday (16 October) which leaves them without a win in six Premier League games.

Brendan Rodgers’ side is doing even worse as they are 19th in the league and their only win all season came against Nottingham Forest who are bottom, yet Merson is more concerned about United and has gone for a 2-0 win to Leicester.

In his Sportskeeda predictions column on Monday (17 October) he said: “I thought Leeds were unlucky against Arsenal, but they’re now dropping down in the Premier League table. I’m worried for them at the moment – when you’re near the bottom of the league, you cannot afford to miss penalties.

“Leeds did well at Palace for 45 minutes, and they need to put 90 minutes together. They play at a hundred miles an hour, and I don’t know how they’re going to do that for a full game.

“You’d expect Leicester to score goals at the very least but all of a sudden, they’ve been beaten by Bournemouth and have had a goalless draw at Palace. They’ve only scored one goal in their last two games and I expect to bounce back this week.”

No way

Alarm bells are starting to ring in West Yorkshire considering the run of results that is seeing the club slide down the table, but the performance against leaders Arsenal was decent.

If it wasn’t for Patrick Bamford somehow skewing his penalty wide, along with the officials disallowing one chance where he did find the net and overturning a second penalty he appeared to have won, they would have surely got a result.

A highly frustrating afternoon could easily have seen Jesse Marsch’s men take a point of the top team, or even more, so it is odd that Merson has more faith in Leicester.

Add into the equation that the Foxes star man James Maddison, who was instrumental in their lone win this year, is suspended after picking up a fifth booking at the weekend, and the chances seem heavily balanced in Leeds’ favour.

Given the combination of misfortune and self-inflicted errors in recent matches the Whites simply have to take advantage of a match against a weakened version of one of the league’s strugglers.

Marsch is starting to come under pressure when a result against Arsenal would surely have lifted things massively, but if they don’t get a win at the King Power on Thursday then questions will need to be asked.

In other Leeds United news, a hugely talented player will have to leave the club soon if his manager’s words keep ringing hollow.