Sky Sports pundit predicts Leeds v Sutton, gives verdict on impact of 3G pitch
By Dominic Toner
Paul Merson believes that Leeds will fall to a shock 1-1 draw against Sutton on Sunday.
The Whites travel to the National League side for an FA Cup fourth-round tie and Merson has backed the underdogs to get a result.
Sutton play their home games on a 3G pitch and the Leeds players will have to adjust to an unfamiliar match surface.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has tipped a 1-1 scoreline in the cup tie and expects manager Garry Monk to make several changes to his side.
“This tie embodies the FA Cup. Sutton play on a 3G pitch so that makes things even more interesting,” Merson wrote on the Sky Sports’ website. “Leeds rested a lot of players in round three at Cambridge and with Newcastle potentially catchable, they could rest again.
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“I fancy sutton to hold Leeds to a replay and book a trip to Elland Road.”
The Yorkshire club are enjoying a great season under Monk and are flying high third in the Championship table.
They have won eight of their last nine games across all competitions and will be hoping for a strong cup run to match their league aspirations.
Monk fielded some of his fringe players in the third-round victory over Cambridge and they scraped through as 2-1 victors.
He is likely to take the same approach on Sunday, but will be wary of Sutton after they pulled off an upset against AFC Wimbledon in the last round.