The promotion race in the Championship is undoubtedly heading towards a thrilling climax with three sides fighting for just two positions.
After leading the standings earlier on in the season, Leeds United now find themselves in third position, one point behind Sheffield United and five adrift of Norwich City. Although their last outing resulted in a damaging defeat at home to the Blades, Marcelo Bielsa’s side remain firmly in the hunt to secure a return to the top flight after 15 years away.
Whereas their opposition have had a plethora of players to choose from in recent weeks, the Whites have been without the likes of Keemar Roofe and Adam Forshaw who have both been sidelined with knee injuries. The former is expected to be available for selection on Saturday (via the Yorkshire Post) but Bielsa must hold fire in throwing him into the deep end against Millwall. The clash against the Lions is expected to a physical affair with both sides in need of a victory for very different reasons and so it may be a wise decision not to re-introduce Forshaw at Elland Road.
The 27-year-old, who joined the club for a reported fee of £4.5m (according to the BBC) in 2018, has missed the last eight games for Leeds, a period which saw the club pick up 16 points in the Championship. Although his return will be welcomed by the club’s supporters, the form of both Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts in central midfield should mean that he has to wait for his opportunity to make his mark once again.
An increase in competition for the final eight games could provide the spark that Bielsa’s side will need to end the season on a high. One of, if not the stand-out side in the Championship this season, it would be a huge disappointment if they were to fade away after what has been their best campaign in the second tier since their promotion from League One in 2010.
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