'It's a foregone conclusion' - Pundit shares verdict on Norwich, Leeds & Sheff United top-2 race
Noel Whelan has claimed it’s a “foregone conclusion” that Norwich City will claim one of the two automatic promotion spots – with Leeds United and Sheffield United fighting for second place.
Norwich are six points clear at the top, with five matches of the Championship season remaining following a stunning run of results in recent months.
Leeds are second after winning 2-0 at Preston North End in midweek, while Sheffield United have dropped to third and a point behind their Yorkshire rivals after being held to a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City 24 hours later.
Former Leeds and Coventry City striker Whelan is convinced there will be plenty of twists and turns over the final month of what has been a fascinating season.
“It’s really intriguing, isn’t it? It’s a foregone conclusion Norwich are going to win the league,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “I felt that the key game was against Boro, when they came through that one, you kind of think, ‘yeah, it looks like they’re going to go ahead and take that Championship spot as champions’.
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“So, second place, that’s really difficult to call right now. Sheffield United, they’ve done extremely well this season, Billy Sharp once again showing he knows where the back of the goal is.
“Fox in the box, he just gets better and better Billy Sharp and he’s pivotal to how Sheffield United have gone about their jobs this season. He’s Mr Sheffield United, so it’s well done to them but they’ll be looking for one last push from their players as well.
“It’s about capitalising on their mistakes and hoping we don’t mess up at the same time but I do see it going all the way through to the last game of the season. I hope it doesn’t.
“It’s been the most competitive and wide open Championship that I’ve seen for a long, long time. I don’t think there’s any fans out there that say it’s not been exciting. Loads of points to play for and loads of twists and turns to come.”
Leeds host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday evening, while Sheffield United are at home to Millwall earlier in the day.
Norwich are in action on Sunday, when they travel to Wigan Athletic for a lunchtime kick-off.
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