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Leeds United: Promotion now a two-way battle with Sheffield United

Leeds United: Promotion now a two-way battle with Sheffield United

Saturday’s results in the Championship provided yet another twist in what is turning out to be a season to remember for fans of Leeds United, Norwich City and Sheffield United.

The Canaries kicked off proceedings by hammering Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Carrow Road, a result which would have put their promotion rivals under a considerable amount of pressure heading into their clashes. Chris Wilder’s Blades responded with a fine victory of their own, beating play-off chasing Preston North End 1-0 yet Leeds were unable to back-up their win over Millwall last week as they succumbed to defeat at Birmingham City.

In what was a frustrating afternoon for the Whites, Marcelo Bielsa’s side were unable to break down their opponents despite dominating large periods of the game at St Andrew’s. This result allowed their Yorkshire rivals to leapfrog them in the league but more importantly allowed Norwich to move eight points clear of third-place in the standings.

With just six games left to play this season, the Canaries are almost certain to finish in the automatic promotion positions which leaves just one spot for either the Blades or Leeds to fill with West Bromwich Albion unlikely to make up the seven-point gap.

It can be argued that the Whites have a tougher run-in compared to Chris Wilder’s side as they still have to face a resurgent Aston Villa side who are battling it out with a host of other clubs to secure a play-off position.

However, United still have to host Nottingham Forest, a team which they lost to earlier on this season and is experiencing a solid end to the campaign under their new manager Martin O’Neill.

Even if both sides prevail in these particular fixtures, giving just how competitive the Championship is, they will have to be on top form against whoever they face in the next four weeks of action as any slip-up could prove costly.

What do you think Leeds fans? Is it now just a straight battle between your side and Sheffield United? How many points do you think Bielsa will need to accumulate in the final six fixtures? Let us know below.

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