By Mark Smith

1st Mar, 2020 | 2:00pm

'One love' - Luciano Becchio makes promotion prediction after Leeds beat Hull 4-0

Luciano Becchio has predicted that this is the year that Leeds United will earn promotion to the Premier League.

The former Whites forward was in high spirits after Leeds swept aside Yorkshire rivals Hull City 4-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Luke Ayling opened the scoring as Pablo Hernandez and a Tyler Roberts brace put the icing on the cake for Marcelo Bielsa’s men – taking them one point behind leaders West Brom.

Writing on his personal Instagram account after the 4-0 drubbing on Saturday, it was clear to see that Leeds remains in Becchio’s heart.

“Only one love, this is the year,” he wrote to fans.

Nearly every single Leeds fan that responded to the post went wild, with the majority claiming he is one of the best players they have seen in recent times at Elland Road.

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It was a great weekend for the Whites in the promotion race, with West Brom losing at home to Wigan – putting Leeds in touching distance of top spot.

That level of excitement will be taken further when you take into account the latest prediction of expert Nate Silver on FiveThirtyEight.

Silver has predicted that Leeds stand a 96% chance of finishing in the top two, and are now the favourites to lift the title.

Bielsa’s men have a 64% probability of topping the pile come the beginning of May, but after last year, we don’t care where we finish as long as it is in the top two spots.

In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore makes bold Premier League prediction about Leeds after recent thrashing v Hull