By Mark Smith

2nd Sep, 2022 | 5:40pm

Paul Merson has backed Brentford to beat Leeds United in their Premier League showdown on Saturday afternoon (03 September).

The Sky Sports pundit has predicted it will finish 2-1 to the home side as the Whites look to bounce back from two games without a win under Jesse Marsch.

Merson has taken aim at the American though, admitting that his comments after the defeat at Brighton were concerning as his side were “slaughtered.”

Writing in his latest column for Sportskeeda, Merson shared what he expects to happen as the Whites make the trip back down to London.

“Leeds are in a bit of a sticky patch with their last two games,” he wrote.

“I didn’t like what the manager said after the Brighton game. I think they got slaughtered by Brighton on the day, and the scoreline papered over the cracks.

“Brentford are a bit up and down at the moment, and there’s not a lot to separate these two teams. Brentford have shown promise, however, and I will back them to win this game.”

All to play for.

Leeds and Brentford have both enjoyed some contrasting results in recent weeks.

The Bees smashed Manchester United but then lost at Fulham and drew against Everton, with the Whites doing similar after beating Chelsea at Elland Road.

It could be seen as a 50/50 game given our similar starts to the Premier League season, so Merson making out that Marsch has done something wrong is once again baffling.

Merson is one of those pundits who likes to jump to the worst possible conclusions in his assessments though, so it should come as no surprise.

If Leeds can get on the ball and dominate as they have done in their last couple of meetings against Brentford, it will be critical to stop the physicality of Ivan Toney who is central to the counter-attack.

Brentford won’t sit back like Everton did infuriatingly last time out, so expect this one to be much more open and that should suit the Whites down to a tee.

This should be a great game, it’s all to play for.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement this week