Odds released for Leeds United’s 2019/20 Championship season

Odds released for Leeds United’s 2019/20 Championship season

Leeds United Championship odds for next season released

Leeds United will be in the Championship once again next season after failing to gain promotion via the play-offs.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were stunned in their semi-final second leg against Derby County, with the Rams becoming the first side in the competitions history to lose the first leg at home but still manage to qualify.

Indeed the West Yorkshire side had won 1-0 at Pride Park and were clear favourites to finish the job off to set up a Wembley date on 27th May. They then went 2-0 up on aggregate and everything looked to be going their way, but Frank Lampard’s men produced a stunning comeback to ultimately win the tie 4-3.

It will be the 16th season in a row that the Whites have been outside the Premier League, and their awful record in the play-offs continues as they have now lost in all five in which they have participated.

Having been top of the league for more than 100 days this season before eventually dropping below Norwich City and Sheffield United, failure to gain promotion to the Premier League is a huge blow.

There will now be a few weeks of reflection, with some big decisions now needed to be made at Elland Road. Then when the dust settles, attention will turn towards the 2019/20 campaign where they will look to go again.

Bookmakers have already released odds on how they think that Leeds United will get on next term, and we have taken a look at them to see what kind of season they are predicting.

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Leeds United players were left dejected after losing in the play-offs.

What odds are Leeds United to be promoted to the Premier League?

Everyone connected will Leeds will hope that they can once again challenge for promotion to the Premier League next season. Looking at the bookmakers early odds, it seems as though they believe that the Whites will be one of the main contenders to go up in the 2019/20 season.

Sky Bet currently have them as the third favourites to win the Championship title with odds of 10/1 available, only Fulham at 7/1 and West Brom at 8/1 have shorter odds. As for them just being promoted they are also the third favourites at 3/1, with the same two clubs again above them.

The reasons for the bookies fancying Leeds to be strong again next season are obvious. They were so close to gaining automatic promotion this season and had it not been for a nightmare Easter weekend where they were beaten by Wigan Athletic and Brentford they may well have finished in second place.

Some of the football they have played has been outstanding too. The intensity and speed of their play is superb and they create chance after chance, with the only real criticism being some poor finishing at times particularly from Patrick Bamford.

They have also managed to maintain a promotion push despite a horrific set of injuries, with key men such as Kemar Roofe, Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas amongst those who have spent time on the sidelines.

So there is certainly a platform to build from next season, if they can get their players back to full fitness. However any hopes may rest on Bielsa and whether or not the Argentine remains in charge.

There can be no doubting that he has been the driving force and main reason behind Leeds’ outstanding season, inspiring a squad which finished 13th last season to become promotion contenders with excellent coaching. If he chooses to leave it would be a huge blow to them and they may struggle to push on next term.