BBC pundit: This is what would happen in a Leeds-Huddersfield play-off final
By Harry Sykes
Leeds are capable of “pulling something out of the bag” were they to be pitted against Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final in May, according to BBC pundit Noel Whelan.
Many Elland Road fans are convinced that the Yorkshire rivals are destined to face each other at Wembley at the end of the season with a place in the Premier League at stake.
Newcastle and Brighton consolidated their places in the automatic promotion positions on Tuesday night, leaving a six-point gap over Huddersfield in third.
Leeds in fourth are further adrift, nine behind second-placed Brighton, after Ton Cairney’s last-second equaliser on Tuesday night denied them all the three points in a fiercely-fought contest against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Leeds, Huddersfield, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday are the four sides in the play-off spots, and many supporters are predicting an all-Yorkshire showdown in the capital.
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Huddersfield have beaten Leeds in both of their league encounters this season, a 1-0 win at Elland Road in September and a 2-1 triumph at the John Smith’s Stadium last month that was memorable for a touchline bust-up sparked by the two managers Garry Monk and David Wagner.
Ex-Leeds striker Whelan gave his verdict on the prospect of the two clubs squaring up at Wembley.
“If it is, it is. I think the most dangerous thing Town can do is underestimate Leeds – there’s more to this Leeds side than they’ve shown in the games against Huddersfield, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they pulled something out the bag that day,” said Whelan to BBC Radio Leeds in the immediate aftermath of the match, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog (Tuesday, 10.07pm).
“We’re unbeaten and picking up points – and moving away, staying in the play offs. It’s about maintaining that, and it will be a good point if Leeds now beat QPR.”
Leeds are next in action on Saturday when they host 14th-placed QPR in the Championship at Elland Road.
In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.