Leeds United now as low as 1/6 to win promotion from Championship

Leeds United now as low as 1/6 to win promotion from Championship

Is this finally the year Leeds United are promoted to the Premier League?

Saturday 13th April 2019 proved to be yet another potentially pivotal day in the race for automatic promotion in the Championship, with the pendulum very much swinging Leeds United’s way.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side went into the day just a single point ahead of Sheffield United, with the two sides facing home matches against Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall respectively. But after the Blades could only draw, the Whites managed to pull three points clear with a 1-0 victory against the Owls.

With four matches left to play it is now very much advantage Leeds United. The West Yorkshire side have fixtures against Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa at home, as well as trips to Brentford and Ipswich Town in front of them and if they accumulate 10 points out of 12 then it would be enough to see them over the line.

As a result of Leeds’ win and the Blades draw, the odds for Bielsa’s men to win promotion have significantly shortened. Indeed they are now as low as 1/6 to be promoted with Sky Bet, down from 4/11 prior to the two fixtures. They are also odds-on to be promoted automatically now too, priced at 1/3 with bet365 down from 8/15.

The title remains more of a long shot however, despite being only three points adrift of Norwich City. The Canaries have a game in hand against Wigan Athletic, which means that they remain 1/8 favourites to win the Championship whilst Leeds are well out at 7/1.

Leeds United

Leeds United’s players celebrate taking the lead against Sheffield Wednesday.

Have Sheffield United blown automatic promotion?

Just one week prior, Sheffield United wrestled control back in terms of automatic promotion and had destiny in their own hands. The Blades had beaten Preston North End 1-0 at Deepdale thanks to a David McGoldrick goal, whilst Leeds lost away at Birmingham City.

The two sides then switched opponents in the following midweek, when second place changed hands once again. Leeds beat Preston 2-0 but Sheffield United could only take a point at Birmingham, meaning that they were one point behind going into the last four.

Chris Wilder’s side had the chance to wrestle second back from Leeds, even if only for a few hours, due to their fixture against Millwall being an earlier kick-off. It was a nervy atmosphere at Bramall Lane, but they did manage to go 1-0 up thanks to a Gary Madine goal just after half-time.

But they sat back on their lead rather than going for the jugular and it backfired on them big time. Firstly, John Egan was sent off for a handball on the line which stopped a certain goal – but it looked like the Blades had got away with it when Ben Marshall missed the penalty. However there was another twist to come and in the 95th minute Jake Cooper headed home to ensure it finished 1-1.

With Egan now suspended and Chris Basham and 23-goal Billy Sharp both going off injured, it may be that Sheffield United now have to settle for the play-offs. Indeed the bookmakers odds suggest that will be the case, with Sky Bet now offering a price of 9/4 for the South Yorkshire side to go up automatically.

Chris Wilder Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder needs to get a response from his players in their last four fixtures.

Championship Automatic Promotion Odds:

(All odds taken from Sky Bet)

Norwich City – 1/50

Leeds United – 2/7

Sheffield United – 9/4

West Brom – 200/1