By Russell Edge
Sky Sports have predicted that Leeds United will make their return to the top flight as winners of the Championship title this season.
The Whites have been missing from the top tier of English football following their relegation back in 2004, and endured a difficult couple of years which included entering administration and falling as far as League One.
However Sky Sports forecast that their stint away from the Premier League will end after 14 years.
The broadcaster has used a prediction system called Elo, which judges the club’s form, their opponents and their performances in previous seasons, to predict the likelihood of where each Championship side will finish.
Leeds have been named at the top of the pile, with an 18 per cent chance of finishing as champions, ahead of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on 12 per cent, despite the Owls’ 3-0 win over their local rivals earlier this season.
The Whites have been given a 31 per cent chance of securing automatic promotion with a finish in the top two, while have been judged at over 50 per cent likely as finishing in the top six on 62 per cent.
However, despite the bold prediction, Thomas Christiansen needs to ensure his side return to winning ways after two successive defeats, and could do so in front of the Elland Road crowd when Reading visit on Saturday.
In other Leeds United news, a club chief has revealed that a striker’s future may lie away from Elland Road.