It’s been sixteen long years since Leeds United last competed in the top tier of English football. The long wait for Premier League football that Leeds fans have endured over the past decade and a half could well be overcome the end of this campaign though, as a long-awaited return looks likely.
Marcelo Bielsa has transformed the club since his arrival in 2018. The Argentine coach looked as though he would guide the Yorkshire club back to the Premier League on his first attempt in his first season, challenging for the title for the majority of the season before ultimately falling short and losing out in the play-offs.
This year is looking increasingly more optimistic, however, with a title tussle with West Brom in the mix as both teams fight to go up with the Championship trophy. Just a point separates them from the 2nd placed Baggies at the top of the table. There’s no surprise then that the odds for Leeds to get promoted are a small 1/20, as even if they slip up in their challenge for the league title, they’re likely to still be in an automatic promotion spot – currently sitting seven points above third-placed Fulham.
Like last season’s disappointing end, things can go wrong at the top though, especially for Leeds United. Even if things do go horribly wrong for Bielsa’s side and they fall below the safety net of the automatic spots, with the quality their side have shown this season they would surely be favourites to win the play-offs. That seems a very unlikely alternative, however, with their sights set firmly on the title.