Robbie Savage makes bold prediction for Leeds United in 2015/16

Robbie Savage

Robbie Savage is backing Leeds United as outsiders for promotion.

Outspoken pundit Robbie Savage has told BBC Radio 5 Live that he feels Leeds United could get promoted from the Championship this season.

The former Leicester, Derby, Birmingham and Blackburn star believes the Yorkshire side could land a play-off spot, recognising the important strides they have made on and off the pitch this summer.

Leeds have their fifth permanent manager in 18 months since Massimo Cellino took charge, having appointed Uwe Rosler in May. This time there is optimism he has a chance of some longevity.

Savage told BBC Radio 5 Live: "An outsider, I'm going to go with Leeds United. I like Uwe Rosler, they have made some decent signings, Chris Wood from Leicester, Sol Bamba is a decent signing.

"I'm going to go with Leeds and I'm going to go with Preston North End as ones to watch. I fancy Derby and the regulars but I fancy Leeds and Preston for a sneaky outside play-off spot."

Savage's faith is more than the bookies have, with SkyBet pricing them more likely for relegation (9/2) than they do for promotion (10/1).

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is not, on the record, piling on the pressure to win promotion this season, instead reported by the BBC earlier this summer to have simply set a target to reach the top flight by 2017.

Signings like Wood, Bamba, Adeyemi and Erwin show the club is moving in the right direction, and crucially they have kept hold of their top young talent. Reach the play-offs and as has been shown time and time again, anything is possible.

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