With 3 games in 7 days, the Championship is set to enter it’s most important week yet. This time next Saturday we will have a lot clearer picture of how it just might end up. This weekend Leeds obviously travel to St. Andrew’s to play Garry Monk’s Birmingham City. But who are their promotion rivals up against?
Preston North End vs Sheffield United
Coincidentally, Leeds and Sheffield United share their next two opponents as the Blades are set to face Birmingham next Tuesday and Leeds travel to Deepdale themselves in the midweek fixture. Has the term ‘King Makers’ ever been more apt?
Sheff U had a bit of a wobble last weekend, succumbing to a 3-2 defeat to Bristol City. Leeds fans will be hopeful that this is the start of a bad patch for them, but to his credit it’s not likely Chris Wilder will be sitting easy after that. We should note how they went 7 games without conceding after defensive frailties meant they conceded 3 in the last 10 minutes against Aston Villa. Preston themselves are in fine form, having only lost twice this calendar year. New Year’s Day and last Saturday. These will be two teams looking to get back on track.
Norwich City vs QPR
Norwich host managerless QPR in a less glamorous fixture. New manager bounce enough to do over Farke? Unlikely. Norwich have wins galore, the same can’t be said about their opponents, who sit 18th and should just about have enough points now to avoid the drop.
Milwall vs West Brom
Could we be on the receiving end of a potential favour from our old pals Milwall? Steve Morison hat-trick inbound? Hm. West Brom have picked up their form and put themselves back in with a wildcard shout of the automatic promotion slot. Winning the last 3, they’re certainly not out of the conversation yet. However, to their credit Milwall exploited Leeds’ weaknesses well in the first-half last Saturday and found good space in front of our defence. I wouldn’t be writing them off entirely, but I certainly won’t be relying on them here.