It can turn on a draw: Kevin Blackwell assesses the Championship promotion race

Former Sheffield United assistant manager Kevin Blackwell has spoken out about their promotion chances, speaking to Press Association Sport, as quoted by BT Sport.

What’s he said?

Blackwell, who certainly knows about the challenges of promotion at Bramall Lane having gone up to the Premier League alongside Neil Warnock with Sheffield United in 2006, assessed the chances of both Leeds and his ex-club.

He spoke about their strengths, but because of how close things are at the top of the Championship, found it difficult to come up with a prediction for who might claim the final automatic promotion play-off place.

“Leeds are more free-flowing at times and they create lots of chances. The Blades are a bit more pragmatic. They grind the results out.

“When Leeds are on the front foot they are very difficult to beat. But if there is a question mark it is defensively.

“The Blades seem to have more of a blend throughout the team. They’re quite strong at the back, they’re fairly steady in midfield and they can also get goals.

“But one point between the two? Do me a favour. It can turn on a draw. It’s too close to call right now.”

Is he right?

In terms of Blackwell’s assessment of both sides, he definitely has a point. Leeds have been an intriguing side to watch under Marcelo Bielsa, whereas Sheffield United seem to slide under the radar slightly, going about their business in a dogged and resolute fashion.

You can’t pick many bones with either team this season and a point between the two makes it incredibly tough to predict an outcome. However, the momentum could well be with the Blades.

They’re ten games without defeat in the league and they’ve also just beat their main promotion rivals in Leeds so if there are any favourites at this stage, Chris Wilder’s men may just about be in front.

The final eight games of the season will undoubtedly provide plenty of drama and it’ll be intriguing to see whether Sheffield United will be able to hold onto their advantage.