Former Leeds United player Jermaine Pennant has predicted that West Brom and Fulham will be the two teams to win automatic promotion this season.

That’s not what Leeds fans will be wanting to hear after midweek results left the top seven squashed together.

Leeds drew with Brentford after losing to Nottingham Forest last weekend and while they’ve stayed in the top two, Fulham are now on the same points.

Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT (Friday, 8.30am), Pennant said he wanted Leeds to go up but that they’d have to do it through the play-offs.

“I want Leeds to go up as I spent a year there and I love the fans,” Pennant said.

“However, I think it’s going to be West Brom and Fulham in the top two.

“Leeds are going the same way as last season. They can’t pick up results at the moment and they really need to pick up.

“The play-offs are so hard to get through but I think it will be West Brom and Fulham.”

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Pennant won’t need to remind the Leeds fans how hard it is to go through the play-offs.

Since Bielsa has been at Leeds his side has spent more time in the top-two of the Championship than any other.

However, they’re in a terrible run of form at the moment with three defeats in the last five games.

The bookies still have them as favourites for automatic promotion but West Brom are now odds-on to win the title.

That’s the first time Leeds haven’t been seen as the favourites for the Championship and it reflects what’s happening on the pitch.

If Leeds want to turn it round they need to start with three points against Bristol City on Saturday. Lee Johnson’s side are seventh but only three points behind Leeds.

It’s squeaky bum time and each game is a cup final now for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

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