Former Leeds United favourite makes unpopular Newcastle United claim as Elland Road showdown looms

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Former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges is hoping for a Newcastle United win when the two sides meet next weekend.

After back-to-back meetings with West Ham in the FA Cup and the league, Leeds face a huge clash at home to Newcastle United.

Leeds’ win over Burnley was a huge mood-lifter last time out in the league, allowing Marcelo Bielsa’s men the chance to breathe a little easier ahead of the second half of the season.

A win over Newcastle would go a very long way to helping the Whites stave off any fears of the drop, while the Magpies need to start picking up wins if they are to avoid falling into the Championship under Eddie Howe.

Leeds are currently eight points clear after seeing off Burnley, and former striker Michael Bridges feels as though that should see them through safely until the end of the season.

Although, he does hope that his other former side, Newcastle, come out on top as the sides meet on the 22nd of January so that they too can avoid relegation.

Speaking to the Chronicle Live, the former striker had this to say:

“The Mags need the victory more than Leeds who look as if they have pulled away from trouble.

“I’m desperate for the black-and-whites to escape too.

I think it’s far too early for us Leeds fans to think about being safe from relegation, but we’re in a good place.

The fact that we’ve stretched that gap to eight points while having half of our first team injured speaks volumes for the quality difference between us and the bottom three.

Newcastle will still pose a significant threat to us, as they have done other sides further up the table recently.

I’m still confident that we can see this game through and keep our distance from the bottom three, especially how we deserved to win away from home against Newcastle back in September.