By George Overhill

19th Jan, 2023 | 7:10pm

Paul Merson predicts result of 'action-packed' Leeds United vs Brentford clash

Paul Merson expects the Premier League meeting between Leeds United and Brentford to be “very entertaining” and end all square.

The pundit has admitted that the two sides’ respective results are far apart but believes Jesse Marsch has his players playing for him and thinks the Whites have been unlucky recently.

As such he has predicted fireworks when the Bees come to Elland Road on Sunday (22 January) and a 2-2 final score.

In his Sportskeeda predictions column he wrote: “I feel for Leeds – I thought they were really good against Aston Villa. I like the way the players work for their manager – they’re ready to run through brick walls, but they do need results. They played well against Aston Villa and lost, and that’s always a worry.

“This is a hard game for both teams. Brentford have taken 10 points off the big boys and followed that up with a win at home. They’ve got 13 points from their last five games and are playing against a Leeds team that have managed only two points from their last five.

“Brentford are playing as well as anybody, and this is going to be a big ask for Leeds. I think this will be an action-packed game, and we should be in for a very entertaining match.”

Progress

Based on recent form it is going to be a very tough game, and Marsch is under pressure for a reason considering the club are only three points from the relegation zone.

And yet there appears to be a lot more positive to the side than negative, especially with a club-record signing just brought in and Patrick Bamford at long, long last scoring goals.

Defence appears destined to be a cause for concern throughout this season, despite the January addition of Max Wober, especially when most of the current crop have all been rewarded with new deals.

But going forward Leeds United have enough to worry anybody in the top flight, with Willy Gnonto’s spectacular form elevating the group significantly.

Two goals in the Cardiff replay on Wednesday (18 January), after his starring role in the Villa defeat (13 January) where he assisted Bamford’s first of the season, mean he is likely the first name on the team sheet at the moment.

If Bamford, who scored twice more in the FA Cup game, can stay fit and firing, to go along with top scorer Rodrigo and new arrival Georginio Rutter, there is some considerable firepower at Marsch’s disposal, especially with Luis Sinisterra back and Crysencio Summerville not far behind.

If he can get them set up to outscore whatever the defence allows in at the back then there is a viable route away from danger.

But there has been positive signs at various times this season and yet the club are still a couple more poor results away from the drop zone, so he needs to get it right on a consistent basis soon.

In other Leeds United news, the club are in the race for an in-demand attacker who has seen his price drop by a massive £17.5million in a matter of months and is now on the move.