Leeds can keep up their top half hopes if they beat Burnley in Saturday's early kick-off
After securing their Premier League status for another season on Monday night, Burnley welcome Leeds United to Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime knowing that the pressure is off going into the last three games.
In fairness to the Clarets, you could argue whether it was ever on with regards to them being dragged into anything at the bottom of the table, especially given the way Fulham rolled over when the sides met at Craven Cottage six days ago.
Chris Wood continued his fine form with a superb goal to send the Cottagers back to the Championship, and hopes to do it against one of his former clubs when Leeds visit Lancashire. The New Zealand international scored 41 goals in 83 league games for the Whites between 2015 and 2017, before moving up a division to Burnley for £15m, a fee that still stands as Burnley’s club record transfer.
Leeds are a team not shy of breaking a transfer record either. They did it last summer when bringing Rodrigo in from Valencia, and spent big on Diego Llorente and Raphinha too. The expenditure has seen Marcelo Bielsa deliver a superb season which could end with a top ten finish if they build on the type of performance that seen them dispatch Spurs 3-1 last weekend.
Patrick Bamford has delivered goals, Raphinha and Jack Harrison have chipped in with sizeable contributions too, and Leeds look a million miles from a side that have rode their luck this season.
Both sides go into this game with minimal injury worries. Sean Dyche is a manager who doesn’t like to change his starting XI too much if he can help it, so having only squad players Kevin Long, Robbie Brady and Phil Bardsley unavailable shouldn’t provide too much of a selection headache.
Marcelo Bielsa can welcome back captain Liam Cooper to his squad, after the defender missed the win over Spurs with a buttock injury. Long term absentee Adam Forshaw is still out, while Helder Costa is as well, as he battles a back problem.
In terms of the table, Leeds can ensure they stay in the top half of the table this weekend with a win and keep themselves two points behind Arsenal in 8th. Burnley could go as high as 13th in the congested bottom half if they can send Leeds back to Yorkshire with their tails between their legs.
Burnley take on Leeds United at Turf Moor on Saturday, May 15th. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.