By Saikat Mandal

11th Nov, 2022 | 8:40am

Paul Merson predicts outcome of Leeds United clash v Tottenham

Leeds United will travel to north London to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday (12 November) and Paul Merson predicts a five-goal thriller.

While writing his column for SportsKeeda, Merson suggests that Leeds will continue playing their gung-ho style football which is also their “Achilles’ heel”, and predicts a 3-2 win for the home side.

Spurs are going through a bad patch at the moment, having picked up just one win in their last five Premier League games.

“Wow, I’m not sure about this game. Leeds attack and attack, and when the other team breaks, you wonder where it came from. There will be goals in this game because Leeds cannot defend,” wrote Merson for Sportskeeda.

“Leeds play with a lot of energy, and fair play to them – they stick to their guns. They play exactly the same way whether they’re winning or losing, and that seems to be their Achilles’ heel. They always play gung-ho football, and they’ll cause Tottenham a few problems because of their energy.

“Tottenham need to have a go now. If they can play like they did in the second half against Liverpool, they can really be a proper team. They’ve turned it on in 45-minute spells against Marseille and Bournemouth, and they need to learn to play 90-minute football. I think it’s come to a stage where Antonio Conte will ask his players to just go out and express themselves.”

Confidence

A few weeks ago, one could say with full confidence that Leeds would suffer a defeat in this fixture, but now, it’s difficult to predict. 

The Whites have picked up two wins in a row in the Premier League, and the confidence in the squad is sky-high at the moment. 

Merson is right that the defence remains an issue at the moment, as Leeds keep on conceding goals. But, they are also confident of outscoring their opponent, and that is why you could expect them to score against Spurs.  

This is also the perfect time to face Antonio Conte’s side who are struggling at the moment. Plus, this is the last game ahead of the World Cup, and some of the players may want to play safe so that they don’t get injured. 

Having said that, it is really important for Jesse Marsch to maintain a tight defensive shape, especially away from home. There’s no reason why Leeds can’t pick up three points on Saturday. 

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton shares his prediction for the Whites’ clash v Tottenham.