'Definitely': Paul Merson delivers verdict on whether Leeds or Burnley will be relegated tomorrow
Paul Merson has delivered his verdict on the Premier League relegation battle involving Leeds United and Burnley.
With just one game left to play, either Jesse Marsch’s Whites and Mike Jackson’s Clarets will go down.
Leeds and Burnley are both on 35 points, but the Elland Road side’s worse goal difference means they’re 18th.
The Whites head to Brentford on Sunday, while the Clarets host Newcastle United at Turf Moor.
At present, Burnley have a goal difference of -18, while Leeds’ goal difference is -38.
Barring an incredible turn of events, the Clarets’ goal difference will likely see them prevail over the Whites if their respective results match.
For all intents and purposes, if Burnley win, they stay up.
If they draw, they must hope Leeds don’t win. And if Burnley lose, they will go down if Leeds draw or win.
“I expect them to show enough fight”
Merson, writing on Sportskeeda, believes Marsch’s charges will draw at Brentford, while Jackson’s side will lose to the Magpies.
“(Leeds) were average in the first half against Brighton,” he wrote.
“But if they play this game like they did in the second half, they’ll definitely get at least a point.
“They are playing for survival, so I expect them to show enough fight and get a positive result.”
As for the Burnley v Newcastle clash, Merson wrote: “Newcastle got a fantastic result against an Arsenal side that came into the game to virtually seal their place in the top four.
“They’ll be too much for Burnley, who I think will get relegated.
“They were at home against the Gunners, but they’ll want to finish the season on a high, so they won’t lie down and get beat.”
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