Championship side Leeds have been officially promoted to the English Premier League ahead of Sunday’s game against Derby County.
Mathematically Leeds have been assured of promotion to the Premier League with just two games left to play, all thanks to West Brom’s 2-1 loss to Huddersfield on Friday evening.
The Marcelo Bielsa led side have not played in the English top flight for the last 16 years, they even went down further into League One for three good years before their ten years stay in the Championship.
The team from Yorkshire are the ‘biggest’ club in English Championship in all ways, with three league titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and a European Cup final not forgetting an appearance in the Semi finals of the UEFA Champions League at the start of the 21st century.
To show Leeds height of success and game, their stadium attendances is of several thousands than any other club outside the Premier League (League One Sunderland are actually second behind them). They’d surely be one of the teams with a large fan base when they kick start the new campaign in the top flight.
Leeds need Brentford to get nothing less than a win away at Stoke on Saturday in other for them to win the title, and that’d make their last two matches look like an exhibition for them. In their final games they’d play against Derby and Charlton on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.
They earned the title ‘Championship nearly-men’, as this is their only fourth top-half finish in ten seasons, having only made their first playoff appearance since 2006 last term where they lost to Frank Lampard’s Derby County 4 goals to 2 and it ended their promotion hopes before the Wembley play-off final.
They boast of the best defensive line in the league, having the likes of Luke Ayling who played a huge part in the promotion chase. Patrick Bamford making himself a prolific goalscorer for the team with 16 goals and veteran midfielder Pablo Hernandez dictating things from the middle of the park.
All road leads to the bet365 Stadium for Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff, where Brentford would hope to put themselves into an automatic promotion spot for the first time all season with just a point against struggling Stoke, and that could all-but seal promotion with a win.