Paul Merson: Leeds United will stay up, Burnley will go down

May 18, 2022
By: Jamie Jones
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Paul Merson has predicted Leeds United to stay in the Premier League at the expense of Burnley.

The Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit believes that Burnley will get relegated to the Championship.

Merson has said that both Leeds and Everton will stay up.

Leeds are rated at 4/7 on Betfair to get relegated to the Championship, while the chances of Burnley going down are 7/4.

Merson told Sky Sports: “If I had to pick which camp I’d rather be in out of the relegation candidates, it’d be Leeds because of that point against Brighton – one that I think will keep them up.

“I was covering their game on Sunday and Pascal Struijk’s late equaliser was a massive goal for them. They were out of it in the first half and Brighton were a much better team.

“On Thursday, Burnley go to Aston Villa who are playing their last home game of the season. You’ve got to give the fans optimism on the last home game so Villa will be the biggest triers in the world on Thursday night.

“Steven Gerrard will not want 40,000 people leaving that ground with the attitude of next season. He will want to send those fans away with the feeling that they’ll buy a new season ticket with the thought of Gerrard turning things around. That only happens if they beat Burnley.

“I don’t expect Burnley to get anything at Aston Villa, so it will be completely out of their hands with one game to go – which is not where you want to be. Yes, they have Newcastle at home and Leeds have Brentford away, but it should be in those two teams’ hands.

“I think Everton will be alright, I’ve seen enough from them to get something out of the next two games. They have to get something out of Crystal Palace at home and I can see that happening. Even then, you’d have to ask Burnley and Leeds to win their football matches which is a big ask, especially on the last day of the season.”

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