By Peter Lynch

29th Apr, 2023 | 6:10pm

Paul Merson predicts result of Leeds United showdown v Bournemouth

Paul Merson has predicted Leeds United to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth in their Premier League clash on Sunday (30 April).

The Whites travel to the south coast in desperate need of points as they look to secure their survival in the division.

But they face a tough test against a Bournemouth side who have won three of their last four matches under Gary O’Neil, with the door open to capitalise after Nottingham Forest lost today.

“Bournemouth are safe now,” Merson wrote for Sportskeeda. “This is a big game for Leeds United who are currently 16th in the table. Bournemouth beat Southampton in midweek. It was a good result for them. Leeds United play one way. They play frantic football.

“Even though they’ve changed managers, they continue to play the same. No one has been able to come and change it. But they’ve got to have a go at Bournemouth this weekend. “They’ve got to win this game. They play Man City away, Newcastle at home, West Ham United away and Tottenham at home after this.

“They need to get something positive out of this game against the Cherries. Leeds play such gung-ho football and it might help them in getting something out of this matchup. Prediction: Bournemouth 2-2 Leeds United.”

Huge clash

Bournemouth have been going strong lately, with their momentum coming at the wrong time for Leeds, who could do with as many helping hands as possible.

But the Cherries won’t be giving away any such freebies on Sunday, with the hosts wanting to continue their push towards absolute safety.

There is, however, a big confidence booster that the Whites can look towards, and that is the fact that Bournemouth have been shining away from home rather than in front of their own fans.

As mentioned, they have won three of their last four matches, all of which took place on the road, at Leicester, Tottenham and Southampton.

Their only loss in that run – a 4-0 hammering by West Ham – was at the Vitality Stadium, with Leeds now aiming to replicate that fine display from the Hammers.

While three points is the idea, a draw wouldn’t exactly be the worst result, with results elsewhere across the weekend likely to help Leeds out given just how tight it is at the foot of the table.

In other Leeds United news, one Real Madrid player has an offer on the table from the Whites for a move to Elland Road at the end of his contract with the Spanish giants.