Paul Merson has predicted in The Daily Star that Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United could stay in the Premier League at the expense of Burnley, and does not think that Frank Lampard’s Everton will suffer relegation.
The former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit believes that Leeds will stay up if they get a point from the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Leeds will take on Brighton at Elland Road in the league on Sunday.
Merson does not think that Burnley will pick up another point this season.
Leeds are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 34 points from 36 matches, level on points with Burnley, who are 17th and have played 35 times.
Everton are currently 16th with 36 points from 35 games.
Paul Merson on Leeds, Burnley and Everton relegation situation
Merson wrote in The Daily Star: “Leeds have self-destructed and they are playing their own cup final this weekend against Brighton. I didn’t see this Leeds collapse coming. I didn’t. They are completely and utterly in panic mode.
“It was a terrible tackle by Daniel James the other day against Chelsea. You do not need that happening. You’ve got to show some composure. But they’ve got two games that are winnable and if they beat Brighton or get a point I think they stay up – because I don’t see Burnley winning another game.
“They just have to stay composed because there’s too much madness at the moment. I don’t like to use the word brainless, I prefer composure. But there are people who panic under pressure and there are people who don’t, and these players are self-destructing.
“They have got to pull themselves together because they need to stay in the Premier League and it’s getting harder and harder. Everton have started picking up points and it’s in their hands to stay up now so Leeds have got to respond.”
In our opinion, Leeds fans should be really worried about the situation of their team.
Leeds have two more games to play, while Burnley have three.
Yes, the Clarets could lose all of their matches, but Leeds do not know that now.
The objective of Leeds now has to be to win their final two matches of the season.
Leeds cannot rely on Burnley or Everton to do them a favour.
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