Will Leeds United finally haul themselves into the Premier League this season?

Leeds United are the bookies' pick to finally haul themselves back into the Premier League after an absence of sixteen seasons

Leeds United are a big club, of that is no doubt, however it has now been over fifteen years since they graced the top-flight with the West Yorkshire side even dropping down into third tier for a while. They have flirted with promotion back to the Premier League on several occasions but have failed each time, their most recent attempt seeing them dumped out of contention by Derby County in the play-off final last term. The bookies believe that 2019/20 could be the season that the Whites finally haul themselves back to the top-flight and they have certainly made an impressive start to their campaign. Marcelo Bielsa’s men sit proudly at the top of the Championship table after four games, their tally of ten points earned thanks to wins over Bristol City, Wigan Athletic and Brentford as well as a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest. Seven goals have been banged in with just two conceded and Leeds find themselves in the driving seat in the early stages of what nevertheless promises to be a long hard journey.

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Bielsa’s men have found themselves in this position before, the Elland Road outfit sitting in pole position in the early stages of last season. Nevertheless some hugely disappointing results in the latter stages of the campaign scuppered their promotion ambitions and they will be aiming to ensure that such disappointment doesn’t come their way again this time around. The bookmakers have Leeds installed as 7/4 favourites to make it back to the bright lights of the Premier League as champions and these odds are hard to ignore, especially so given the great start to the season that Bielsa’s men have enjoyed. There remains a huge amount of the season left to play however and Leeds have yet to face any of the other likely promotion contenders such as Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City. This is when they really will be put to the test.

The Cottagers are second favourites to lift themselves back to the top-flight at the first time of asking as champions at odds of 3/1 while West Brom are a 7/1 punt to end their exile from the top-flight by finishing top of the Championship. Cardiff City are out at 14/1 to return to the Premier League at the first attempt while their arch-rivals Swansea City are a 20/1 shot alongside Brentford at the same odds.

 

Championship Winner – BetVictor Odds

 

7/4  –  Leeds United

3/1  –  Fulham

7/1  –  West Bromwich Albion

14/1 –  Cardiff City

20/1 –  Swansea City

20/1 –  Brentford

20/1 –  Sheffield Wednesday

20/1 –  Nottingham Forest