The run-in: Will Leeds United win the Championship?

Leeds United are dreaming of promotion to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently top of the Championship, one point clear of Norwich City, but can they get over the line?

Leeds’ run-in: Bolton (H), Queens Park Rangers (A), West Bromwich Albion (H), Bristol City (A), Reading (H), Sheffield United (H), Millwall (H), Birmingham City (A), Preston North End (A), Sheffield Wednesday (H), Wigan Athletic (H), Brentford (A), Aston Villa (H), Ipswich Town (A). 

Leeds do not play Norwich between now and the end of the season but they will meet third-placed Sheffield United and fourth-placed West Brom, as well as fifth-placed Bristol.

The key games, surely, are the meetings with WBA, the Blades and Villa, as Bielsa’s men look to win promotion.

On the face of it, of course, Leeds would like to win every game and head for the Premier League having taken 42 points from a possible 42 in their last 14 games. That would leave them with 103 points but that seems fanciful at best.

Wins over Bolton and QPR are likely but West Brom dished out a hammering when they hosted United earlier this season, winning 4-1. It’s a banana skin and one Leeds are likely to slip on.

Bristol are in the play-off places but three points on the road are to be expected there, and the same goes for when Reading visit. Sheffield United, though, still have hopes of crashing the automatic promotion party – they are only three points behind Leeds – and a draw is foreseeable at Elland Road.

A win over Millwall is likely as they have not been able to transplant their FA Cup form into the Championship but Birmingham could be spoilers, having beaten Leeds 2-1 earlier this season. A repeat would not be too much of a surprise.

Back-to-back wins over Preston and Sheffield Wednesday and a draw with Wigan – the Latics won 2-1 against the Whites last time out – add seven points onto the tally while a win over Brentford is also predictable.

Villa, though, are a tricky proposition. The two sides played out one of the games of the season earlier on, with Leeds winning 3-2 by virtue of a 95th-minute Kemar Roofe goal. The spoils are likely to be shared this time around.

Ipswich, meanwhile, should not offer stern opposition – they are rock-bottom and have won three games this season. That number is not likely to rise too much before the last game of the season and Leeds will expect to take all three points.

Predicted points: 30 – Leeds finish on 91 points

A total of 91 points would have seen Leeds finish second last season – Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City picked up the same amount and went up automatically, eight points behind champions Wolves and three points ahead of play-off winners Fulham.

However, this is a very tight race, with Norwich and Sheffield United both breathing down the neck of Bielsa’s side.

Any slip will likely be punished and, such is the unpredictability of the Championship, those stumbles are likely.

Bielsa, though, will have to keep his men motivated if they are to better Football FanCast’s prediction and seal their return to the top-flight.

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