Whisper it quietly but it is entirely possible that by Monday evening, Leeds United will be a Premier League side once again.
After 15 years spent in the wilderness following their relegation from the top flight, the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa last summer has helped transform the fortunes of the Whites and with just four games left to play this season, the club are now within touching distance of securing automatic promotion.
Last week’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road gave the Yorkshire-based outfit a three-point advantage over their nearest rivals Sheffield United and depending on results elsewhere over the next five days, they could guarantee a top-two spot.
Starting on Friday, a defeat for the Blades against Nottingham Forest in the Championship’s early kick-off will give Leeds the chance to move six points clear with just three games left to play. In order to do this, Bielsa’s side must overcome a Wigan Athletic team who are fighting to avoid the drop this season and therefore could prove to be tricky opposition given their current circumstances.
If this particular situation does transpire, the Whites will then have the opportunity to clinch promotion on Easter Monday if Hull City can do them a favour by preventing United from winning at the KCOM Stadium. Anything other than three points for Chris Wilder’s side would allow their rivals to build an unassailable gap if they can beat Brentford in the late kick-off.
Although it is fair to say that Bielsa will be focusing directly on his side’s two fixtures over the weekend, the club’s supporters will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on what is happening in the Blades’ games in what could turn out to be the defining week in the battle for promotion in the Championship.
What do you think Leeds fans? Could this be the weekend that your side clinches promotion? Or do you expect the race for the top-two to be decided later on this season? Get in touch below.
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