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Leeds United are 11 points clear of third place after 20 games of the season, and with the Whites winning each of their last seven league matches you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re already home and dry when it comes to gaining promotion to the Premier League.
In fact, earlier this week we stated that it may take a miracle from one of the chasing pack to catch Leeds, and unfortunately for the Yorkshire club, their closest rivals have a knack of coming up with these types of runs in the back end of seasons.
Indeed, Fulham are United’s nearest contenders for an automatic promotion spot this season, and there is one trend that the London club have followed in their last two Championship campaigns that may worry Marcelo Bielsa.
Of course, many would point towards Fulham’s 23-game unbeaten run in the 2017/18 season as evidence for this, but it’s the events that unfolded the season prior that will probably have stuck in Leeds fans’ minds.
With the season drawing to a close, Leeds were seven points clear of Fulham with ten matches to go, and it looked as if the Yorkshire club were gearing up for a playoff campaign under Garry Monk.
However, in a twist of fate, Fulham would go on to win seven of their last ten games, while Leeds ever-so predictably bottled it, winning just twice in the same time frame. They dropped to seventh place, eventually finishing five points behind the Slavisa Jokanovic managed side.
United may need to keep their standards high for the entire campaign as the leaders of the chasing pack are notoriously strong finishers.
In other news, Leeds fans have been fuming at one Graham Smyth tweet.