By David Woods

11th Dec, 2020 | 3:20pm

'Will come out on top' – Michael Owen predicts winner & goals in Leeds v West Ham clash

There had to be one. Former BT Sport pundit Michael Owen thinks that West Ham will come out on top of an “entertaining” clash with Leeds United at Elland Road on Friday night. 

So far, none of the pundits we’ve heard from – including Mark Lawrenson, Alan Brazil, Trevor Sinclair and Ray Parlour – have predicted a Leeds defeat, but Owen has always liked to travel his own pundit path.

In his prediction column for BetVictor Owen said, “Leeds played well against Chelsea only to be undone by a very good side.

“West Ham were on top for the first hour in their match against Manchester United… All in all, I think West Ham played a lot better than the result suggests.

“With both sides in such good goal scoring form, I reckon West Ham will come out on top, with both teams finding the net, in an entertaining match.”

Not a must-win but tonight important for Leeds

Owen is bucking the pundit prediction trend and he’s also going against the bookies, who rarely get their prices wrong in the Premier League.

They’ve got Leeds priced up as evens for the win with a West Ham victory at 2/1.

We’ll give him entertaining and we’ll give him goals – we can definitely see both sides scoring. But we think Leeds win this one.

Tony Dorigo has said that it’s sides like West Ham that Leeds have to beat at home if they want to end in a comfortable mid-table position come the end of the season.

Talking to LUTV he said, “I said at the start of the season who we are really up against and it is those mid-table sides who we really want to get amongst – the Palaces and the West Hams.

“When you play against those sides, it is really important.

“We didn’t do great against Palace but here at home we have a good opportunity.”

A West Ham without Michail Antonio will also provide a better opportunity for Leeds, even with a weakened defence.

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