Sky Sports pundit makes Leeds play-off prediction after Wolves defeat
By Will Butcher
Tony Gale believes Leeds will finish in either fifth or sixth in the Championship play-offs, despite losing to Wolves on Monday.
Garry Monk’s side slipped out of the top six for the first time in five months after losing to the Midlands outfit 1-0 at Elland Road; the Yorkshire giants’ third defeat in five games.
Speaking to Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show on Tuesday morning [10am], former West Ham star Gale claimed fifth and sixth will be between Fulham, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday.
Gale claimed Fulham will take fifth after watching them cruise past Aston Villa 3-1 at Craven Cottage on Monday, but believes Leeds will pip Sheffield Wednesday to sixth place.
“Fulham have got a tough run in. They’ve got Huddersfield, Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday but they do well against the top teams. They were brilliant against Villa,” Gale said.
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“They’ll be in there and I think it’ll be between Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday for the last play-off spot. I know a lot of people will be watching this, but I’ll go with Leeds.”
Leeds have three games to left to regain their place in the top six, facing Burton and Wigan away from home while playing host to Norwich on April 29.
With Fulham playing Sheffield Wednesday, the good news for Leeds is that they are still in control of their fate – three wins would see them secure a play-off spot.
Leeds now sit in seventh, level on points with Fulham who are in sixth but only behind on goal difference, while Sheffield Wednesday are in fifth place.
Next up is Burton on Saturday for Monk’s side, and the 38-year-old boss will be hoping his side can produce a repeat of the reverse fixture against the Brewers that saw Leeds win 2-0 at home.
A win could see Leeds climb to fifth place, if Fulham drop points against Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday lose to Derby.
In other Leeds news, former Whites midfielder Andy Couzens has delivered his verdict on Saturday’s loss.