Paul Merson predicts Leeds United vs Chelsea

August 19, 2022
By: Jamie Jones

Paul Merson has backed Chelsea to win against Leeds United in the Premier League this weekend.

Leeds will take on Chelsea at Elland Road in the league on Sunday afternoon.

Former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that Chelsea will pick up all three points from the encounter courtesy of a 2-0 win.

Merson wrote on SportsKeeda: “Leeds United got three points on the opening weekend of the Premier League season but blew a two-goal lead against Southampton last time around.

“Chelsea were outstanding against Spurs and were unlucky to come out with just a point from the London derby, but goalscoring seems to be a bit of an issue for Thomas Tuchel at the moment.

“Despite their dominance, Hugo Lloris made just one save last weekend from Kai Havertz in the first half. I still expect them to beat Leeds United because ultimately, their class will prevail. But when you look at the grand scheme of things, you can’t help but wonder where their goals are going to come from.

“Marc Cucurella was very good against Spurs. He passed the ball around nicely and didn’t get caught out defensively. Last season, I fancied Chelsea to win the Premier League title but after injuries to Ben Chilwell and Reece James, they crumbled and couldn’t recover in time to compete against Manchester City and Liverpool.

“With Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek available as deputies to James and Cucurella set to fight it out with Chilwell for a spot on the left flank, Chelsea are well covered on that front this season.

“Finally, refereeing in the London derby last weekend simply wasn’t good enough. A million former Premier League footballers are not working at the moment – put them in the VAR office! I know referees are trained to do their jobs, but they haven’t played the game and have been guilty of making several wrong decisions over the years.

“How can you let hair-pulling go because it isn’t specifically condemned in the rule book? There isn’t a rule that says you can’t shoot someone on the football pitch, but that doesn’t mean it’s allowed?”

Arsenal can be backed at 11/2 on Betfair to win the match against Bournemouth 2-0.

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