Leeds United look all but relegation-proof after a three-game run of form only improved by Liverpool. The run started with wins over Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a seventh point came in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at Elland Road today. Only Liverpool have improved on this run, while Manchester City are the only team to have matched it.
Elsewhere in the Premier League today, Burnley lost 2-0 to Manchester City and Watford lost 2-0 to Liverpool, helping Leeds to safety. Tomorrow, Everton are absent at West Ham and Newcastle are absent at Spurs.
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The gap between Leeds and third-bottom Watford is now eight points, although Watford are one game short. The two will meet in a vital clash at Vicarage Road next Saturday.
Norwich City are in last place, 12 points behind Los Blancos. Above Norwich are Burnley on 21 points, one behind Watford and nine behind Leeds, but three games behind Leeds.
Watford have played two more games than Burnley and face moves to Manchester City and Chelsea. Burnley’s run-in includes home games against Everton, Southampton, Wolves, Aston Villa and Newcastle, with trips to Watford and Norwich.
Burnley could therefore overtake Watford by the end of the season, but getting out of the relegation zone looks difficult. For the bottom three clubs though, it’s probably Leeds they’re targeting.
The reason for this is that although 17th-placed Everton are currently five points behind Leeds, they have played four games less. So Everton could overtake Leeds and Burnley could overtake Watford, but the points gap between Burnley and Watford at Everton and Leeds looks insurmountable.
Leeds face tough matches – Manchester City and Arsenal – but there are points available at Watford, Brentford and at home to Brighton. Perhaps Leeds should be looking up the table for the rest of the season rather than down.