Leeds United are set to embark on a nightmare in December which will see them face four of the Premier League’s top five.
TalkSPORT expert Gabriel Agbonlahor “wants them to get something” and will step into games with great confidence after their spectacular victory against Crystal Palace.
In their scary streak of matches, the Yorkshire side face league leaders Chelsea, defending champions Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal in back-to-back matches and it ends with a home game against the rejuvenated Aston Villa of Steven Gerrard.
When told about that schedule, Agbonlahor said he believes Leeds won’t win many of these games but offered hope saying these teams could turn strong during the turbulent times.
“I think it sounds really, really difficult,” said the former Aston Villa forward. “The problem with the Christmas calendar is that each team will rotate its players, each team will have suspensions, injuries.
“You know sometimes it might seem on paper like it’s a tough game, but they could play against Arsenal when Arsenal have a few key players out.
“So even though it looks like a tough race, sometimes these are the games where you pick up points and get a shocking victory.”
The game against Arsenal could be reserved for Bielsa, who may also have to prioritize games in this series, especially as they will face trips to Stamford Bridge, Anfield and the Etihad Stadium.
“I think it’s going to be difficult on the outside against the three of them [Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool], you’re not really looking for points.
“These are very difficult games. These three teams are fighting for the title and cannot lose any points, so they will be fit in every game.
“So not a lot of points in these games but the Arsenal game I think they get something and then the Villa game I think they get nothing.
“Yes, I think they have to watch games like Arsenal, to go and beat them.
“They will also be looking to beat them against Aston Villa, which will be very difficult, but it will be difficult for everyone.
“What teams don’t want is for a gap to widen, you know you don’t want to be six, seven points away from 17th, so that’s important for a lot of teams.”