Odds slashed on Leeds United winning Championship title

Leeds United have picked things up in recent weeks following a disappointing run at the start of the year

Update:  13.03.20

 

Postponement

Leeds United are very much on course to win promotion to the Premier League as second-tier champions, however following the announcement this morning that all Premier League and Football league games are being postponed until April 3rd at the very earliest, Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be desperately hoping that the season isn’t scrapped in its entirety.

Such a move would possibly result in Leeds United not being promoted to the top-flight and while this hasn’t been confirmed by the Football League, the possibility remains that football action won’t be returning before the summer and that would leave insufficient time for players to be rested before the 2020/21 campaign.

One bookie is now going 4/9 that Leeds United win the Championship title this season, however this is now the sole operator offering odds on who will finish in pole position. The Whites sit just a single point above second-placed West Bromwich Albion right now, however more importantly perhaps they enjoy a lead of seven points over third-placed Fulham and automatic promotion is all-but-assured, assuming that a return to action takes place sooner rather than later.

In truth, no-one knows just what is going to happen, this is completely uncharted territory. Either way, confusion is going to reign in the coming weeks and months as the financial and legal implications of abandoning the season become clearer.

 

Championship Title Winner

(odds provided by Betfred Bookmakers)

 

4/9  –  Leeds United

15/8 –  West Bromwich Albion

50/1 –  Fulham

100/1 – Brentford

150/1 – Nottingham Forest

 


 

Update:  09.03.20

 

Back at the top

Leeds United hauled themselves to the top of the Championship table at the weekend thanks to a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town and while their lead at the top is just a single point, the bookies have once again slashed the odds on Marcelo Bielsa’s men lifting the trophy at the end of the campaign.

Leeds were relegated from the top flight at the end of 2003/04 alongside Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers although while the latter two have since returned to the Premier League, Leeds have failed to lift themselves back and have even spent time in the third tier.

 

Top table

It is starting to look as though this lengthy exile will soon come to an end with most bookmakers now going just 4/11 that they finish the campaign in pole position. Perceived main rivals West Bromwich Albion are an 11/5 shot to pip Leeds at the post and clinch the trophy, the Baggies being knocked off pole position at the weekend following a disappointing goal-less draw at Swansea City. Indeed West Brom have lost each of their last three matches – this run including a 3-2 defeat at home to Newcastle United in the fifth round of the FA Cup last week – and boss Slaven Bilić will clearly be eager to turn things around.

 

Two-horse race

Despite the Baggies slipping-up in recent weeks, the race for the title remains very much a two-horse race with third-placed Fulham a full six points adrift of the two automatic promotion berths. Some bookies go as much as 50/1 on the Cottagers lifting the Championship trophy and as such, we envisage Leeds and West Brom battling it out for top honours between themselves between now and the end of the season.

 


 

Update: 02.03.20

 

Edging closer

Leeds United appear to have put behind them their poor run and they are now closing in on automatic promotion to the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa’s men hit a rough patch in the opening few weeks of the year with just a single win in seven Championship outings and four defeats during that time, however a turnaround in fortunes has seen the West Yorkshire outfit collect maximum points from their last four matches, culminating in a 4-0 demolition of arch-rivals Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

 

Odds-on

With table-topping West Bromwich Albion losing 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic at the weekend, Leeds have narrowed the gap between themselves and the Baggies to just a single point and more importantly they sit five points clear of third-placed Fulham as things stand.

The bookmakers have reacted by slashing the odds on Leeds United winning promotion to the Premier League as champions of the second tier, most firms going odds-on at 4/5 that Bielsa’s men finish top of the pile. West Bromwich Albion are a 6/5 shot for the Championship title while third-placed Fulham are way out at 40/1.

 

Stingless Bees

Brentford were a 6/1 shot for the Championship title only a few short weeks ago, however the Bees have seen their odds lengthen substantially due to a dismal run during which they have failed to win any of their last five matches and slipped eleven points adrift of the automatic promotion berths. Brentford are now as much as 150/1 with some bookmakers to finish the season in pole position.

 

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Championship Title Winner

(odds provided by Unibet Bookmakers)

 

4/5  –  Leeds United

6/5  –  West Bromwich Albion

40/1 –  Fulham

75/1 –  Nottingham Forest

100/1 – Brentford

 

 


 

10.02.20 Only a few weeks ago, things appeared clear-cut at the top end of the Championship table with West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United way out in front. This certainly isn’t the case any more.

 

Poor run

It seems as though the pressure has got to Leeds United, the West Yorkshire side struggling right now and seeing their lead over the rest of the chasing pack slashed to just goal-difference alone. Only a few short weeks ago, joint-leaders Leeds United and West Brom enjoyed a commanding lead at the top of the Championship table and it looked as though the battle for the Championship trophy would be a two-horse race.

Nevertheless, third-placed Fulham have now drawn level on points with Leeds United with Nottingham Forest and Brentford narrowing the gap between themselves and Mercelo Bielsa’s men to just one and two points respectively.

The Whites lost 2-0 to promotion-hopefuls Nottingham Forest at the City Ground last weekend and this came on the back of a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic. Indeed Leeds have lost four of their last five Championship matches and Bielsa will be desperate to turn things around before his side drift away from the automatic promotion berths, however his side travel to Brentford next time out the West Londoners will certainly give the visitors a tough time at Griffin Park

 

Odds lengthened

The bookmakers have reacted by lengthening the odds on Leeds United winning the Championship title to as much as 2/1 although most firms still go odds-on that they win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in almost seventeen years. Clearly if Leeds fail to turn things around, then the best they can hope for is a place in the play-offs and judging by recent performances, this will be the likely outcome to a season during which they have been one of the frontrunners for much of the campaign.

 

Championship Title Winner

(odds provided by Unibet Bookmakers)

 

33/20 – West Bromwich Albion

2/1  –  Leeds United

6/1  –  Brentford

7/1  –  Fulham

16/1 –  Nottingham Forest