This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
The clubs in the Championship are set to decide on whether to continue the season behind closed doors, or curtail the season on June 8th.
It’s a vote that fans of both Leeds United and West Brom will be keen to hear the end result of, with them both situated in the top two of the Championship table and eyeing the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.
Leeds sit top of the tree with 71 points, whilst West Brom sit second with 70 points – Fulham sit in third with 64 points, whilst Brentford and Forest have 60 points in fourth and fifth respectively.
The top two can of course be chased down with nine games left to play, but do you expect it to be anyone other than Leeds and West Brom finishing in the top two if the season re-commences?
The team here at Football League World have had their say….
I can’t see anyone catching them.
Leeds and West Brom have been the teams to beat for much of this season and they fully deserve to win promotion into the Premier League.
The likes of Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Brentford haven’t shown enough consistency for my liking to stand any chance of catching the top-two in the Championship.
Leeds and West Brom are much more well-drilled compared to the rest of the teams in the second tier, and that’s largely down to both Marcelo Bielsa and Slaven Bilic.
They’re a class above the rest of the Championship, and I can see them both coping well in the Premier League if they win promotion this season.
I’d be stunned if anything changes.
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In any other walk of life I’d say that Leeds and West Brom would run away with it from here on in, but you just don’t how players are going to be feeling after the lengthy break from EFL action.
Leeds and West Brom sit only seven and six points clear of third place, so two defeats could easily be capitalised on and Fulham would only be one point behind them with seven games left to play.
Of course, Leeds and West Brom hold such a big lead over their automatic promotion rivals, and they both have managers that will urging them not to let their foot leave the gas and keep on playing like they were before the break.
It promises to be an enthralling end to the season, and you feel that the senior players in each dressing room will be so important as they rally the troops and help everyone play like they were more than two months ago.
I don’t think the top two will be caught but given the circumstances, you really feel that anything could happen.
Leeds and West Brom have been the.best two sides in the Championship this season and are deservedly clear of the rest of the promotion hopefuls.
The gap is not huge with nine games to go but with squads returning refreshed and no crowds in stadiums, I think both will have enough to get over the line.
That said, the delay to the season and the circumstances of the resumption makes this run-in completely unique, so I would not write off anyone at this point.
There’s enough quality in the chasing sides to put a serious run together and they may be able to capitalise on a stumble.
If it’s anyone, I think it will be Brentford, who with Pontus Jansson back should have regained their defensive strength. If they can get that forward line firing, I think they could pile some serious pressure on the top two.