Stats show how Newcastle United, Leeds duo are lighting up Championship

Newcastle United forward Chris Gayle and Leeds United striker Chris Wood could both be playing Premier League football next season.

The Magpies currently sit at the top of the Championship table, level on points with Brighton and six points above the playoff places.

Leeds are also in contention for promotion to the top flight, but their main chance of progression is via the playoff final at Wembley.

As it stands, Garry Monk’s men are fourth in the standings, five points above closest top-six challengers Fulham.

Both clubs have got to this point with the help of Wood and Gayle, who top the scoring stats in the second division of English football.

As the league’s official Twitter account has revealed, not much can separate the pair, with Wood having scored 22 goals and Gayle just one fewer.

The New Zealander may have more Championship goals to his name, but his opponent is more frequent in finding the back of the net.

Both are fairly equal in terms of getting shots away, with Wood making 68 and Gayle hitting 66, but the Newcastle man has had six more on target than his rival.

The pair tend to be on the end of goals rather than creating them, but they have produced two assists each so far this season.