By Adefunmiloye Alani

4th Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Paul Merson predicts Leeds United and Brentford clash

Leeds United host Brentford on Sunday (5 December) and will be looking to continue from where they stopped against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Paul Merson reckons a win is on the cards for the Elland Road side after the Bees struggled against Tottenham Hotspur, and he has predicted a 2-0 win in their favour in his Sportskeeda column.

The Whites are now three places and five points above the relegation zone, and another three points could push them closer to the top half of the table at the end of matchday 15.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “Leeds scored a massive goal against Crystal Palace the other day, and it’s now opened up a gap between them and the bottom three.

“They were also given a bit of a helping hand by an incredible miss by Benteke, and they’ve managed to steer themselves towards safety.

“I thought Brentford were poor this week – they got run ragged by Spurs. They did well in the Everton game but they haven’t been consistent enough in the Premier League.

“Leeds will be confident after their midweek victory and hold the upper hand in this game.”

Win on the cards?

Thomas Frank’s side are just a point above the Yorkshire giants after winning just one of their last seven games.

They have lost five of those and are not exactly in fine form ahead of their trip to Leeds, so the hosts should be able to provide them with a tough test.

Marcelo Bielsa has been handed a massive boost with both Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford set to be available for selection after weeks out, and that should help increase their chances of winning.

Brentford will not be a walkover, though, despite their recent stuttering form.

They started the campaign brilliantly with some good results against Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham, and they still have what it takes to hurt any team in the land.

Leeds will hold the upper hand due to their fans’ presence, and getting a win will be huge ahead of a tough run of games.

They face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool next after the weekend, and heading into those clashes on the back of two wins would do their morale a lot of good.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.