Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has claimed that he believes the Whites will need to win five of their remaining nine Championship matches to gain promotion. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men currently find themselves top of the division, seven points clear of the play-off places and third-placed Fulham.

And Gray, who was caretaker manager at Elland Road when the Whites got relegated in 2004, is certain that they will be able to make good on their advantage to ensure their long-awaited return to the top flight.

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Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “I’m very confident this season.

“They seem to be going into the games a lot more confident and with a lot more belief and I think they have really bought into how they play.

“The fitness is terrific this year and when you look at the games they have got nine games left and you have got five of them at home and the home form should be enough to see you through.

“I think out of the nine games they play, if they won five games, especially if you beat Fulham, you’d have to be looking at a great opportunity given where we are in the league and you would like to think that they’d be able to win five games to get up.”

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If Leeds were to win five games, assuming they lost the other four, that would take their overall points tally to 86.

That would be three more than they managed last term, although it would still leave them three short of the 89 that Sheffield United picked up to secure second place in 2018/19.

More importantly, however, 86 points would leave Fulham needing to wrap up 22 points from their remaining nine matches.

If Leeds were to beat Fulham, that would mean that the London club could only afford to draw one more match without the Whites moving too far ahead of them mathematically.

Obviously, we’ll be aiming to win all nine matches, but Gray is right – five seems like a fairly safe minimum.

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