Leeds United may be in the driver’s seat when it comes to the race for an automatic promotion spot at the moment, but with 13 games to go, that could all change.
There’s every chance that the Yorkshire club could once again end up in the playoffs come the end of the season, but one interesting trend indicates that they could fare quite well if they do end up having to compete in the post-season competition.
Opponents’ results after beating Leeds:
Stoke: Lost v Birmingham
Swansea: Lost v Forest
Charlton: Lost v Swansea
Millwall: Lost v Brentford
Fulham: Drew v Luton
Arsenal: Drew v Palace
Sheff Wed: Lost v Blackburn
QPR: Lost v Sheff W
Wigan: Lost v Preston
Forest: Lost v Charlton
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Indeed, no team that has beaten Leeds have gone on to win their next game this season, and with the playoff semi-finals being over two legs that bodes well for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Of course, this doesn’t guarantee them success, but the Whites can potentially live safe in the knowledge that their chances of winning over two legs are quite high considering the bizarre trend.
This characteristic of opposition failing to claim a victory after winning against the Elland Road outfit isn’t just an uncanny coincidence either.
Phil Hay stated over the weekend that sides have to work ridiculously hard to beat Bielsa’s players, and over two legs it’d be tough for any side to get the better of them as generally, they seem to be incredibly fatigued after facing off against the Yorkshire outfit.
This means the likelihood is that Leeds will get something out of at least one of the legs in the playoffs – that’s assuming they do end up finishing outside of the top two.
The playoffs are often some of the highest stakes games in English football and you need anything to give you an edge. This trend shows that playing over two legs could work in their favour.