'Watching them': Sky reporter shares what he's spotted from Burnley that's bad news for Leeds
Sky Sports reporter Lewis Jones has tipped Leeds United to be relegated from the Premier League ahead of Burnley.
He reckons the Whites “do not know how to fight” and that Jesse Marsch is “just not the man” to spearhead a great escape.
Jones also says Burnley’s players haven’t looked nervous at all in the last few weeks, as if they “know they are going to survive”.
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.
“Plenty of smiles on faces”
Jones, in his Sky Sports column, predicted Leeds to draw 2-2 at Brentford and Burnley to win 1-0 at Newcastle.
“I think deep down these Burnley players know they are going to survive,” he began.
“That is the feeling I’ve got from watching them in the past few weeks.
“There is no tension in their play. No signs of panic. And even plenty of smiles on faces.
“It’s that mentality that makes me believe they will get the result on Sunday.
“When they need to defend, they defend.
“And the big difference since Mike Jackson has taken over is their ability to create chances when the chips are down.”
On Leeds, Jones wrote: “Jesse Marsch undoubtedly is a very smart man with a footballing brain that dwarves mine.
“Yet, there is just something about his style that tells me he’s just not the man to become a Leeds hero by leading them to a final-day great escape.”
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