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Leeds United: Sky Sports man makes bold prediction on survival hopes

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Pundit Stewart Downing has predicted Leeds United will remain in the top flight despite suffering injuries to key players in the squad.

Leeds have struggled all season, Marcelo Bielsa was sacked on the back of the worst defensive month in the history of the Premier League, when they broke the record for the most goals conceded (20) in a calendar month during February.

Stuart Dallas is the latest on the casualty list for the Whites, he was forced off in their recent game against Chelsea, and he has started every single league game this season so will be a massive miss for Jesse Marsch.

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With the injury list getting longer for Leeds, Downing highlighted on Sky Sports’ The Football Show, via MOT Leeds News, that they aren’t just losing squad players, but key men in the starting XI.

“Injuries worry me for them, Stuart Dallas’ was an awful one on the weekend and he is an important player for them.

“[Adam] Forshaw has come back into good form and they will lose him now until the end of the season. Patrick Bamford, the man you look to for goals – who is going to get the goals? They are losing starting players; they aren’t squad players they are big players for them.

“Did surprise me because I thought Jesse Marsch was getting them together, but one or two losses and you are straight back in that pack again. I’d like to see Leeds stay up so I’m going to go with Everton. I think Everton will go,” Downing said.

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Leeds have suffered from severe injuries this season, and key men such as Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, and Patrick Bamford have missed large chunks of the season due to absences.

It is no coincidence that the Whites started to pick up some points with the return of Phillips to the side, so if they had their key trio for the first half of the season, then they may have found themselves well clear of the drop zone.

Leeds may slip into the bottom three of the Premier League if Everton win their game in hand, and with just four games left to play, this is not good news for Marsch.

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