June 14, 2024

Callum Wilson of Newcastle United argues with Referee Chris Kavanagh during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James's Park, Newcastle on Sunday 7th May 2023. (Photo by Robert Smith/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has refused to make any predictions about Leeds United’s future ahead of this weekend’s game at Elland Road.

The Magpies will be hoping to get their Champions League bid back up and running on Saturday, while Leeds are fighting for their lives.

They have got three games to avoid the drop, and will start this weekend in the relegation zone. It will be Sam Allardyce‘s first home game in charge, and it comes against one of his former employers.

Leeds remain one of the favourites to go down, especially after Everton and Nottingham Forest’s wins at the weekend. However, Wilson has refused to say whether or not he thinks Leeds will be relegated, in fear of jinxing Newcastle’s hopes of getting three points at Elland Road.

Callum Wilson will not jinx Newcastle’s hopes against Leeds

Speaking on the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson was asked who he thinks will be relegated from the Premier League this season. For reference, the episode was recorded before Forest’s win over Southampton, which is why Wilson says Steve Cooper’s side are still in the bottom three despite now moving up to 16th.

“For me, it’s difficult to say. As we stand right now the bottom three is Southampton, Forest and Leeds,” he said.

“And Leeds is our next game so I do not want to jinx myself and speak too soon.”

Antonio replied: “Don’t, because every time you’ve done that it’s backfired.”

Wilson added: “Let me hop back on the fence real quick.”

Wise from Wilson

The superstitious Newcastle fans will be delighted to see Wilson acting coy. If the 31-year-old had said Leeds are going down, a defeat on Saturday would have been inevitable.

But Wilson has taken the right approach ahead of what is a huge game for both sides. Newcastle need a win to edge closer to a top four finish, while Leeds are fighting for survival.

It is going to be an incredibly tough game on Saturday. The atmosphere should be electric, with Leeds fans doing all they can to help lead their side to victory. On top of that, Allardyce and his team will be doing all they can to frustrate the Magpies by any means necessary.

Luckily Wilson has not given them any added motivation by saying they will be relegated. He is sitting on the fence, and that is absolutely the correct thing to do.

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