07/12/2020 - 9:09
The Leeds of Marcelo Bielsa, who comes from thrashing Stoke City 5-0, cannot relax in his fight for promotion to the Premier League and this Sunday, from 9.30, he must win if he wants to avoid the ghosts of the last season, when he was punctured in recent days and was left empty-handed in the playoff, they reappear. His rival will be Swansea, who does not appear as a simple rival. He is seventh in the table and is fighting to get into the top six for a chance to make the leap to the Premier League.
As if that were not enough with the pressure of the game itself, Bielsa's team has a bad memory of their last excursion in Wales: in the resumption of competition after the stoppage by coronavirus, they lost 2-0 to Cardiff after two errors of their players at the start from the bottom.
The direct rivals of Leeds United, who lived a very sad Saturday due to the death of Jackie Charlton, have already played their cards this weekend. And there was a positive news and another not so much. It is that the Bielsa team can not finish detaching itself from its pursuers at four final dates of the Championship, the tournament of the Second Division of England, and the long-awaited promotion, the one they have been waiting for 16 years on Elland Road, never ends to arrive.
Brentford, third in contention in the competition, this Saturday had their sixth consecutive victory. It was on the visit to Derby County, which he defeated by a clear 3-1. Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma (2) scored the team's goals outside London, while Jason Knight had scored the partial draw for the homeowners.
In this way, Brentford reached 78 points and was three units behind Leeds, who now occupies the top of the table with 81 units along with West Bromwich, who was the one who gave him the best news of the day.
Thomas Frank, the coach of Brentford. Photo: AFP
Albion tied 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers and was in second place, with the same account, but with a worse goal difference. Filip Krovinovic opened the score for the guard and Joe Rothwell scored the equality.
Likewise, everything is more than tight in the heights of the Championship. In fact, Fulham, fourth, added 76 points after Friday's 2-0 win over Cardiff.
Leeds, the last champion of England before the Premier League began to be played, also has fate in his hands: if he gets 7 of the 12 points in dispute, he will ascend no matter what his rivals do. It sounds easy, but nothing is simple in one of the most arduous and extensive championships in the world.