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3rd Mar, 2017 | 4:24pm

Sky Sports pundit predicts where Leeds will finish at the end of the season, delivers verdict on Monk

By Amir Mir

Scott Minto believes Leeds will “definitely” finish in the play-off places at the end of the Championship season.

Sky Sports pundit Minto hailed manager Garry Monk and stated he has added a “backbone” to the side, something not seen at the club in years.

The Whites travel to the Midlands to take on Birmingham City on Friday night after their important 1-0 win at the weekend.

They beat promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday on home soil to maintain and further enhance their top-six status with striker Chris Wood getting on the scoresheet.

Former Chelsea defender Minto backed the Whites to record another three points against Gianfranco Zola’s side and keep a clean sheet in the process.

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“What Garry Monk has done has been absolutely fantastic,” Minto told Coral’s official YouTube account. “They have bounced back after defeats and one thing you are always sure about in the Championship is that you are going to suffer defeats.

“But, they have shown that backbone a Leeds side has not had in years. I would see Leeds definitely finishing in the play-offs come the end of the season and I believe these are the types of games they need to win. I do think they will.

“I think they’ll keep a clean sheet and I think in Chris Wood, he’s the best striker on the pitch, so he will make the difference.”

New Zealand international Wood has been one of the main figures in the Leeds team that is vying to earn promotion to the Premier League.

In 33 Championship games this season, he has scored 20 goals, including finding the back of the net on nine occasions during his last ten league matches.

These goals have been vitally crucial because they have helped his side secure important wins against the likes of Wednesday, Derby, Reading and Aston Villa in recent months.

A win against the Blues will ensure that Monk’s side remain in fourth place after the weekend fixtures due to the fact that they will be able to open up a four-point lead from fourth-placed Reading.

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