Andy Couzens has backed his former side Leeds United to win automatic promotion this season, standing by the fact that they are the best footballing side in the Championship despite their recent blip in form.
Leeds sat 11 points clear of the chasing back in mid-December, but a poor run of form that’s seen them win just twice since December 10th, has seen them surrender that advantage to just goal difference.
Fulham now sit level on points with Leeds in the table, whilst the likes of Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Preston North End are in hot pursuit.
However, Leeds put in a convincing performance to take a point off Brentford on Tuesday evening, which Couzens believes has restored a lot of faith.
Speaking to Football League World’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke this week, he backed Leeds for automatic promotion: “You look at the results this week; everybody can beat everybody.
“Fulham drew this week, West Brom have won, but they’ve been through a bit of a sticky patch as well.
“We played well at Brentford, who have been through a bit of a sticky patch at times and they’ve got some hard games.”
The likes of West Brom and Nottingham Forest face each other this weekend, whilst Leeds entertain Bristol City at Elland Road. However, that meeting with the Robins is the penultimate time Leeds will face one of the current top seven, with only Fulham left on the agenda.
To Couzens, that’s a big advantage for Leeds at this moment in time.
“Leeds only play two of the top seven now in the run-in and I think everyone else has got to play at least three or four of them,” he continued.
“We’ve got to be confident, I think we are the best footballing team. We’ve got our problems in-front of goal and defending set-pieces, but the belief is still there and after the performance against Brentford the other night, the belief came back with a lot of fans.”
Millwall held Fulham last night, whilst Forest were beaten by Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening. That’s left Leeds clinging onto second place heading into this weekend, but defeat to Bristol City on Saturday will see the Robins move level on points with the Whites in the Championship table.