Leeds go into the final match of the season with a glimmer of hope that permutations of the final rounds of fixtures could leave them with a chance of surviving in the league. First, they will need to win their home match against Tottenham on Sunday at 15:30 GMT.
With 31 points and 19th on the table, Leeds United are three points behind 17th-placed Everton, and from safety. If they win their clash with Tottenham and Everton fail to beat Bournemouth in their last match, and Leicester fail to beat West Ham at home, Leeds will beat the drop.
Tottenham have little to play for heading into the final match of the season. Ryan Mason will be looking to retrain Tottenham to winning ways after losing their last two outings in the league.
Leeds United’s Bid to Stay in the Premier League
Leeds United are on a bad run of results in the league as their chances of beating the drop have faded. They currently sit second from the bottom, three points away from safety, with a single match remaining in the season.
They do not have their survival in their hands; however, they will be hoping for luck that results go their way on the final day of the season.
The worrying thing for Sam Allardyce and his bid to keep Leeds in the league is that they are winless in their last five matches. They have had two draws and three defeats, which has made it hard for them to climb out of the drop zone.
The clash with an out-of-form Tottenham side for will be the final hurdle for Allardyce and his men this season, as they make the final push to stay in the league.
Tottenham’s Disappointing End to the Season
Tottenham have lost their last two matches as they mark a terrible end to their season. In their last five outings, they have won just once, drawing one match and losing three in the process.
Ryan Mason’s men have dropped from top-four contention earlier in the season to their current 8th place, 13 points adrift fourth-placed Newcastle United.
However, depending on the results elsewhere, if Tottenham win their final match at Leeds, they will secure participation in a European competition, especially the Europa Conference League.
This means that the match at Leeds on Sunday is not totally useless for the North London side.
Sam Allardyce will be without two players in the crunch clash against Tottenham on Sunday. Right-back Stuart Dallas is out with a femoral fracture. The 32-year-old fullback has been sidelined since April 30, 2022.
Leeds will also be without left winger Luis Sinisterra, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. The 23-year-old has been out of contention since April 26, 2023, and has missed four matches.
Central midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is sidelined with a cruciate ligament rupture. The 25-year-old has been out since February 12, 2023, and has missed 18 matches for Tottenham.
J. Robles; P. Struijk, M. Wober, R. Nissen, L. Ayling; A. Forshaw, R. Koch, W. McKennie; J. Harrison, P. Bamford, Rodrigo
F. Forster; Emerson, D. Sanchez, C. Lenglet, B. Davies; A. Groeneveld, Y. Bissouma, O. Skipp, H. Son; D. Kulusevski, H. Kane
Leeds will look to be strategic in their approach to this match. While it is a must win for the home side, they will be wary of the quality and danger posed by Tottenham. They will be pragmatic and pick their moments to attack.
Tottenham will look to dominate the match and create most chances in this clash.
Leeds will win this match and bolster their chances of surviving, depending on results in other matches.
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