By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Nov, 2022 | 3:40pm

Paul Merson has predicted a thrilling five-goal affair when Leeds United take on Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Whites go into the game riding high after a win against Liverpool and will be hoping to keep the good times rolling when they play host to the Cherries.

They do have injury woes going into this game with Luis Sinisterra set to miss out while Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw still remain absentees.

Merson told Sportskeeda, “Leeds United’s victory against Liverpool – what a result! No one – not even the Leeds manager – would’ve seen that coming. If they go back-to-back and win this match, they can kick on from there.

“Bournemouth have lost three games on the trot in the Premier League. They’re on a slippery slope, and they’ll start sliding if they lose this match as well. Bournemouth were 2-0 up against Tottenham but threw it away in the end. That was a bad result, and they’re a bag of nerves at the moment.

“This is a big game for both teams. There will be a lot of goals in this match, because both teams will have to give it a go. This is a winnable match for both teams, but I think Leeds have the upper hand going into this game.

“Prediction: Leeds United 3-2 Bournemouth.”

There for the taking

Jesse Marsch needs to prove that the result against Liverpool was not an anomaly and that he’s managed to drive his side forward.

His methods have been sound and he’s got Leeds playing the right way but there are still issues that remain in the side.

They are not clinical in front of goal and fail to control games for large parts of it.

Despite starting strongly, they allow their opponents to get back into contests and end up dropping crucial points.

This is why they were in the relegation zone last week and two losses before the World Cup would see them returning to it.

Teams like Bournemouth, with all due respect to them, should not be taking points away from Elland Road as they were tipped to be one of the favourites for relegation.

Despite their recent upturn, Leeds have better players and a manager while the Cherries are still in their interim manager bounce phase and that bubble is just waiting to be burst.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard last month.