Two Losses Dent Leeds' Promotion Hopes
Leeds United went into the Easter weekend knowing they had a huge two games ahead of them, just like their automatic promotion rivals Norwich and Sheffield United. The Canaries came away with two points as they stretched their drawing run to four games, while Sheffield United picked up a perfect six in what was a great weekend for their fans. Leeds, well, unfortunately for the fans of the West Yorkshire club, they came away with nothing.
A shock home defeat to Wigan on Good Friday was followed up by a 2-0 defeat at Brentford on Easter Monday, two results that have made automatic promotion a lot tougher than it looked last Thursday. There are just two games to go, and Leeds are three points behind Sheffield United, but with goal difference in favour of The Blades, that lead is really four points.
You get the feeling that this is a weekend that Leeds fans will remember for a very long time, and it is going to take a lot of getting over. If they do finish third then they do get a second chance of promotion in the playoffs, but after coming so close to the automatic spots and being up there all season, you have to wonder whether the players will be mentally strong enough to bounce back and win the playoffs.
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Leeds have to wait until next Sunday to play again, with both Norwich and United playing a day earlier on the Saturday. Leeds host Aston Villa, who are now on a 10 game winning streak and finding form just at the right time ahead of the playoffs. This is a massive game and the bookmakers have Leeds as the 8/11 favourites to win the tie, with Villa priced up at 18/5 and the draw available at 29/10.