The exciting race to climb into the Premier League and earn all the financial benefits of doing so has come down to two teams; two teams that have embarked on very different paths in recent times as they duel for the Championship crown.
West Bromwich Albion got promoted to the top flight of English football under Roberto Di Matteo back in 2009/10 and stayed in the division for eight successive seasons before being relegated back to the Championship. They lost in the playoffs a year ago, but have returned to the fore after hiring Slaven Bilic last summer – can he lead them to not only the promised land of the Premier League, but to the title? Only Leeds United stand in their way – and the sleeping giants have taken a very different route to their title contenders.
Leeds United have not experienced top flight football since their relegation from the Premier League in 2003-04, which was followed up by a second drop to League One – the third tier of English football – just two years later. After three seasons, Leeds returned to the Championship, where they have languished since. Since hiring influential manager Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds have flirted with promotion but they are within touching distance with nine games remaining in 2019-20 and currently lead the Championship race, one point ahead of the Baggies.
Who will win the title and return to the Premier League in style? Well, leaders Leeds United are sitting at 4/11 whilst rivals West Brom are 9/4.