Providing his opinion for Sky Sports, Keith Andrews gave his verdict on who he thought would claim the Championship’s automatic promotion spots.
What’s he said?
Speaking to the Sky Sports website, Andrews predicted who he thought would finish in the top two of the Championship and therefore gain promotion to the Premier League.
The former player firstly tipped Norwich who are the runaway leaders in the division before deciding that Sheffield United would claim second place ahead of Leeds.
The Blades bounced back from defeat against Bristol City to beat Preston last weekend and Andrews thinks that has had a major say in proceedings. He also explained why he thought Chris Wilder’s men would nab the final spot.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Sheffield United had a big swing at the weekend. It’s very difficult to call who’s going to come second in that division. When you look at the run-in I slightly favour Sheffield United, only slightly.”
Tough to predict
The race between Sheffield United and Leeds for that final place is absolutely fascinating at the moment and the way it continues to ebb and flow makes it one of the most intriguing battles in recent memory.
Having lost to the Blades before the international break, Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s chances took a hit. However, the next week it was his side leapfrogging their promotion rivals after defeat for Wilder’s men.
It then swung again last weekend when Birmingham defeated Leeds.
It’s therefore incredibly difficult to predict but based on Andrews’ reasoning with the run-ins, he’s just about right to call it in the way he has.
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The team from Elland Road still have to play Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa this term, whereas Sheffield United face Ipswich, Millwall and Birmingham, who are all down near the bottom of the table.
But with the Championship being so competitive and so much riding on results, points could be dropped anywhere. It really is anyone’s to win or lose.