By David Woods

15th Jun, 2020 | 3:00pm

'I know for a fact' – Sky Sports pundit makes big claim about Leeds and bid for promotion

Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith has said that Leeds United will pick up where they left off and that they’ll be as fit and ready as any other team in the Championship. 

Smith said she knows “for a fact” that Leeds have been training hard and that Marcelo Bielsa’s men are on the brink of a “momentous achievement”.

Leeds restart their campaign on Sunday when they take on Cardiff before hosting Fulham in a blockbuster encounter at Elland Road a week on Saturday.

Smith said two wins would give Leeds a huge confidence boost.

Talking on The Football Show (Sky Sports, Monday, 11am) Smith said, “I’d much rather be the hunted. I don’t think the break will have affected Leeds or West Brom much.

“They’ll continue with everything they need to do. I know for a fact that Leeds have been training hard, I listened to Kalvin Phillips in an interview and he said he actually feels fitter and stronger than before the pandemic.

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“Both Leeds and West Brom are on the brink of a momentous achievement and I can’t imagine there will be any complacency. I think they’ll come out as strong as they did before the pandemic.

“The players will be as ready as they can be. The way Bielsa trains them, the players are saying they feel fit and ready. Match fitness will take a bit of time but they’ll be as ready as any other team in the Championship.

“They’re two tough games to start for Leeds for different reasons but if they get wins under the belt it will be a huge confidence boost.”

The Championship will be decided on fitness and if there was one hill we had to die on it would be how fit and strong the Leeds players will be on restart.

Think back to the start of this season. Leeds came out like a train, winning four and drawing one of the first five games.

The 3-1 opening day win against Bristol City put to bed any fears of Leeds suffering a hangover following the play-off disappointment.

They should have beaten Nottingham Forest in the second game but got done by a sucker punch after absolutely dominating at Elland Road.

Four wins and a draw from the first five games back would be absolutely perfect, though, and would surely see Leeds home and hosed.

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