The Championship automatic promotion race has been an utterly fascinating watch this season.
At one point in the campaign, four sides were fighting it out yet in recent weeks it has become clear that only one of Leeds United and Sheffield United will accompany runaway leaders Norwich City in the top-two.
Saturday’s results saw yet another shift in the league standings as the Blades’ 1-0 victory over Preston North End ensured they would leapfrog Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites who suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Birmingham City. With a one point lead over their Yorkshire rivals, Chris Wilder’s side are now in pole position with just six games to play and therefore should use the momentum gained at the weekend to push forward.
It is almost certain that there will be even more twists and turns between now and May but the Blades can now control their destiny and arguably have an easier run-in compared to Leeds who still have to face Preston and Aston Villa who are both fighting for a play-off position in the second tier.
In contrast, United only have to face one side who are in contention for a top-six position (Nottingham Forest) and know that if they can replicate their recent form in the league, they should be able to edge out the Whites. Wilder’s side can take another big step to a return to the Premier League on Wednesday when they travel to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham, a day after Leeds play Preston at Deepdale.
Although the results of these two fixtures may not completely settle the promotion race, the prospect of opening a four-point gap with just a handful of games to go this season will be a driving force for the Blades who will be wanting to send a message to their rivals in midweek.
What do think United fans? Is your side now in a great position to secure promotion following the weekend results? Or are you still not willing to get carried away? Let us know below.
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