By David Woods

16th Jul, 2020 | 12:30pm

'Pumped' – Sky Sports pundit predicts who will win Championship as Leeds prepare for Barnsley

Sky Sports pundit Phil Babb has said he doesn’t expect Leeds United to lose any of their remaining three games and thinks the Whites will go up as champions. 

It’s still tight at the top after Brentford beat Preston on Wednesday night.

That sees them three points behind Leeds but just one point off West Brom in second place.

Any of the three teams could still win the Championship.

However, Babb thinks the trophy has Leeds’ name on it and that all the players will be “pumped” ahead of the Barnsley game at Elland Road tonight.

Talking on The Football Show (Sky Sports, Thursday, 10am) he said, “It’s been nip and tuck between Leeds and West Brom but now Leeds are coming out on top.

“The captain’s job is to fire the players up but every player should be pumped now.

“Bielsa has done a fantastic job… they’ve learned from last season and I think they’ll blow Barnsley away tonight and then they only need a point.

“I can’t see them losing any of their remaining three fixtures. I think they’ll keep snowballing and I think they’ll go up as champions.”

Three points tonight, then we believe

We’re keeping an eye on the Leeds Twitter timeline today and there are plenty of fans who don’t share Babb’s confidence.

We’re too close and we’ve come too far to count our chickens.

Barnsley are rock bottom of the Championship but they can still escape if they get a result today. They’ve been much better under Gerhard Struber and it’s only their early-season form that’s seen them deep in trouble.

Since Struber arrived they’ve been a solid mid-table side and they will definitely not be coming to make the numbers up tonight.

However, Leeds should win and three points will put the Premier League as close as it can be without being mathematically certain.

Any slip-ups from our rivals would see Leeds promoted without taking to the pitch against Derby on Sunday.

If we could pick how Leeds get promoted it wouldn’t be by another team losing. But saying that it would be in front of nearly 40,000 fans.

Beggars can’t be choosers and we’ll take it any way it comes now.

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