By Daniel Feliciano

8th Mar, 2022 | 11:30am

'Pressure is really on' - Michael Owen predicts result of Leeds clash v Aston Villa

Michael Owen says the pressure is ‘really on’ Leeds to get a result as he makes his prediction for the midweek clash against Aston Villa in his BetVictor blog.

The Whites fell to defeat in their first game under Jesse Marsch against Leicester at the weekend, with results around them seeing them move to four points behind Brentford and just two above the relegation zone.

They take on Steven Gerrard’s Villa on Thursday, fresh off a 4-0 win over Southampton, and Owen says that he is expecting goals from the game but ultimately backed his former teammate to come out on top with a 2-1 win.

“Leeds played well against Leicester and had plenty of chances,” he said. “Jesse Marsch must have been happy with what he saw, but they’ve got to take their chances. The pressure is really on Leeds, they need to pick up points soon.

“I thought some of Villa’s football against Southampton was brilliant and Coutinho was the star man.

“He was so dangerous throughout, and Villa could have scored more than the four they did. I expect to see goals at Elland Road, but I think Villa will win it 2-1.”

Trouble

There is trouble brewing at Elland Road if Leeds can’t get points on the board soon, considering they parted ways with club legend Marcelo Bielsa for a better chance of survival.

Fans were happy with what they saw in the first game under Marsch, but the be all and end all right now is results and he didn’t get anything from the game.

Villa and Leicester aren’t too different in terms of the quality of their squads, so this will be another really tough test and the fans will need to be at their absolute best to give the team a boost on the night.

Another defeat, as predicted by Owen, will plunge Leeds into further trouble considering they will have then played more games than all the teams below them which essentially takes survival out of their hands.

A draw would be better than nothing but realistically they need maximum points to really push on. It’s not quite a must-win game, more a must-not-lose game, but the pressure is well and truly on.

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