Tony Cottee doesn't expect Leeds United to get many points in survival battle
Tony Cottee believes Leeds have got tough games coming up and he doesn’t expect them to earn too many more points before the end of the season.
The Whites have moved five points clear of the relegation zone with just five games remaining in their season, but now face Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea in their next three games.
With Burnley in great form now in their battle for survival, Leeds could be dragged back into the race and Sky Sports pundit Cottee told MyBettingSites that he’s unsure if Everton will be able to catch them in the race.
“Everton has got some really tough games coming up,” he said.
“Their only saving grace if you’d like, is that Norwich and Watford are done, we already know those two are already gonna go. And then you look at it, can Everton catch either Burnley or Leeds?
“Leeds has got some tough games. I think they’ve got City, Arsenal, and Chelsea next three games. So Leeds is not gonna get too many points. And Burnley will always fight. They will fight to stay in the Premier League.
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“So Everton has got to try and get some results, I think they’ve got Chelsea at home on Sunday. That is a really tough game for Everton. But maybe you can argue that it is a good time to play Chelsea. Chelsea hasn’t been brilliant recently. So if they could beat Chelsea, it is a great story isn’t it?”
Squeaky bum time
In the words of Sir Alex Ferguson, we’re absolutely entering squeaky bum time in the run-in of this Premier League season.
Leeds are in a far better position than they were when Marcelo Bielsa was relieved of his duties back in February, but they’re not out of the blue yet.
A five game unbeaten run has seen spirits raised and morale high at Elland Road, but Man City are in a huge battle for the title and won’t want to give anything up in the race with Liverpool while Arsenal are desperate for top four.
With many essentially writing off the next three games as defeats, Burnley’s great form and Everton’s game in hand means that the club are far from safe just yet.
But Jesse Marsch has made the side far better defensively and they’re capable of scoring goals, so don’t rule out some freak results that will secure the status for next year.
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