Pundit View: David Seaman’s reason for fancying Leeds against Derby is questionable

Speaking on talkSPORT, via This is Futbol, (Wednesday, 8:00am), Arsenal legend David Seaman has gone on record backing Leeds United to beat Derby County in the upcoming playoff semi-finals.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have gone through a tough time as of late but the former England number one believes that they will overcome Frank Lampard’s outfit.

What’s been said then?

The 55-year-old appeared on Alan Brazil’s breakfast show on Wednesday morning and didn’t sit on the fence when making his playoff predictions.

When Brazil asked him if he thought the Whites would progress against Derby, Seaman said (via This is Futbol):

“I think they will, yes. The way Leeds played against Villa at the end of the of season was great to see.

“Hopefully, they’ll take that sort of performance into the play-offs.”

Questionable justification

For Seaman to point towards any of Leeds’ results in the last month to give his prediction justification is ludicrous.

The Yorkshire club have gone through their worst run of the season in recent weeks, and despite a decent showing against Aston Villa it is almost impossible to rate their chances highly based solely on that outing.

The Villa game was shrouded in so much controversy and poor refereeing that neither team was able to play their natural game. The Clarets were unfairly reduced to 10-men, and both goals were scored in questionable circumstances.

It’s tough to see what aspects of their performance that day impressed him so much. Kalvin Phillips did a great job with Jack Grealish, but that’s about it.

For the former England international to be so confident in his judgement, he mustn’t have watched much Championship football as of late.

The Whites are faltering massively, failing to win any of their last four games. Of course, Bielsa’s men have a chance to regroup and could well be victorious against Derby, but you can’t make them favourites based on recent performances.

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