'People are scared of Leeds' – Warnock predicts potential upset in automatic promotion spots
Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock thinks that Leeds United will get over the line this season but claims that Brentford could spring a surprise and catch West Brom.
West Brom are five points clear of Brentford and a point behind Leeds at the top of the Championship.
However, looking at the fixtures the three teams have left to play, Warnock thinks it could be trouble ahead for the Baggies.
Talking on the Football Show (Sky Sports, Monday, 11am) Warnock said, “I thought Leeds were superb against Blackburn.
“The Kalvin Phillips free-kick was absolutely brilliant. That’s believing in what you’re doing.
“People are scared of Leeds now and they’ve almost got it in their sights. I don’t expect them to mess it up this season.”
Asked whether Brentford could break into the top two Warnock said, “If they’re going to close it on anyone I think it will be West Brom because of the games the two teams have left.
“Leeds and Brentford have very similar fixtures, they’re playing teams around the bottom. The one tricky game they have which they both have to play is Derby. Apart from that, they have very winnable games.”
Brentford are on a brilliant run – four wins from four since the season resumed, with victories against West Brom and Fulham in there.
They were 10 points behind West Brom and 11 behind Leeds when the season restarted.
Just four games later and they’ve halved the gap between them and the Baggies.
Five points is still a big ask with just five games left but it’s do-able and, as Warnock points out, they’ve got the trickier fixtures – and a better goal difference.
The team that could decide the final positions is Derby. All three sides have to face Wayne Rooney and the Rams, with West Brom first up on Wednesday.
Brentford play them on Saturday and then Leeds play them the Saturday after in the penultimate game of the season.
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