Leeds United odds on with some bookmakers to win Championship title

Leeds United odds on with some bookmakers to win Championship title

Since arriving in England last summer, there can be no doubting that Marcelo Bielsa has had a massively impressive impact at Leeds United.

The Yorkshire side have been flying under the Argentinian in the Championship and currently sit pretty at the top of the league, four points above nearest rivals Sheffield United and Norwich City.

Their latest victory came on Friday night, a 2-0 success against Frank Lampard’s Derby County following the whole ‘spygate’ saga which had preceded the game. That win, combined with Norwich City’s draw against West Brom on Saturday has seen some bookmakers now make the Elland Road club odds on favourites to lift the Championship title come May. The likes of Betfair, BetVictor and Paddy Power have all priced Leeds at 10/11 to win the league, with others just longer than that at 1/1 (Sky Bet, Bet365) whilst William Hill and Betway currently have them best priced at 11/10.

Sheffield United are second favourites at 4/1 with several bookmakers, whilst Norwich City (9/2) and West Bromwich Albion (9/1) sit just behind in the betting.

After 27 matches the Whites sit on 54 points, winning 16 of their games and losing just five so far. Bielsa has worked wonders with a side which tailed off dramatically last season, getting the best out of the likes of Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich who underperformed last term rather than making a whole host of new signings. Roofe in particular has thrived on the new managers style of play, netting 14 times in 21 appearances so far.

Bielsa has also been happy to give youth a chance at Elland Road this season, indeed no player on the bench for them against Derby was over the age of 21. Jack Clarke is the youngster who has impressed the most and the work Bielsa has done with him and the rest of the squad shows just how good a manager he is.

Marcelo Bielsa (right) has got the best out of striker Kemar Roofe (left) at Elland Road this season

Leeds had been on something of a bad run of form prior to their victory against the Rams, losing three times in a row in all competitions against Hull City and Nottingham Forest as well as an FA Cup loss to Queens Park Rangers.

However they looked back to their best against Derby and as well as their four point gap on second and third they also have a 13 point advantage over Bristol City in seventh, so a play-off place at the very least looks increasingly more likely. Indeed they are as short as 1/50 with some bookmakers to finish inside the Championship’s top six whilst the best price you can now get for them just to be promoted is 2/5 with Unibet.

There is still plenty of time left in the season for things to change, but the way Leeds have been going so far it really does look like they could be on their way back.