Tony Pulis shares verdict on Leeds' promotion hopes after 'sticky patch'
Tony Pulis has claimed that Leeds United will still earn promotion to the Premier League this season despite their poor recent run of form.
The former Middlesbrough manager believes that the Whites will join West Brom in the top-two spots and go up automatically at the end of this campaign.
Leeds have only won four of their past 13 Championship games, with two of those victories coming in the first couple of fixtures in that run.
Pulis admitted that he predicted both West Brom and Leeds to finish in the top-two at the start of the season, and that hasn’t changed as of Wednesday evening.
“At the beginning of the season, I really fancied them [West Brom] and Leeds,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“I still, I know Leeds have had a sticky patch as well, but I still fancy those two.”
Leeds looked back to their best on Tuesday evening, as they dominated one of the Championship’s in-form sides Brentford in the 1-1 draw. If it wasn’t for Kiko Casilla’s dreadful mistake, they would have left Griffin Park with all three points.
Most people who don’t support Leeds are usually waiting for the Whites to ‘collapse’ or ‘bottle it’, but the majority of fans at Elland Road have kept the faith. After all, we are still in the top-two.
Pulis certainly has a point. Looking at the remaining fixtures for each team currently in the top-six, Leeds only have one team left to play [Fulham], compare that to West Brom, and the Baggies still have four rival sides to come up against.
Out of all the top 6 #LUFC have the easiest run in, based on an index of games Vs top 6 + games Vs top in the 6 form table. Most of our bogey teams seem to be out of the way too. @AllStatsArentWe pic.twitter.com/ESVy8RyY2T
— Matt Henry (@matthenryuk) February 13, 2020
Fulham, who are widely-classed as our biggest challengers have every other team in the top-six to play – the ball is certainly in Leeds’ court.
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