By Saikat Mandal

1st Jan, 2022 | 8:04am

Sky Sports expert predicts result of Leeds United v Burnley

Leeds United will face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday at Elland Road.

Both sides are going through a poor run of form, and Sky Sports expert, Lewis Jones has predicted a 1-1 draw for this tie.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been severely ravaged with injuries, with star midfielder Kalvin Phillips likely to remain out till March.

“The importance of this match won’t be lost on both sets of players and the atmosphere inside Elland Road is likely to light the touch paper,” wrote Jones for Sky Sports.

“Unlike other teams who could drop into a relegation scrap, the Leeds fans look ready to muck in with their team. They are behind the manager and seem very united after a wave of injuries has decimated their squad, none more so than to Kalvin Phillips, who looks set to be out until March. A seismic blow to their hopes of climbing the table.

“Burnley will be arriving with three points on their mind, too. A win for them would draw Leeds right into the mix.”

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Leeds are heading into this match on the back of three consecutive defeats, where they conceded as many as 14 goals.

However, the defeats against Chelsea, Man City or Arsenal won’t define their season – it’s the result against the likes of Burnley that will have an impact on their race for survival.

Leeds know they are capable of better than this, but with so many players being out injured, it has hampered their gradual progress. The squad depth has been severely tested.

Bielsa, however, has refused to wilt under pressure. The Argentine hasn’t used injuries as an excuse either.

The Whites fans have shown tremendous support during these tough times, and now the players must give something back to them.

Burnley are without a win in their last six games in the Premier League, and Leeds should aim for all three points at home.

It will be a fierce contest, and it remains to be seen how Leeds respond with players like Dan James, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch all set to return to action.

In other Leeds United news, Whites chiefs recently jetted out of the UK for talks.