Can Leeds United and Nottingham Forest still make the Championship playoffs?

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Leeds United and Nottingham Forest should be competing with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and QPR for the fourth playoff spot.

Leeds United are just six points above the relegation zone and Nottingham Forest are only a point ahead of them, but both can still end up in the Championship playoffs.

Neither Leeds nor Forest have been consistent this season, but if they put together a run of positive results, then they will be in the running for a top-six finish in the league the season.

As things stand, the West Yorkshire outfit are seven points behind Cardiff City, who are currently sixth in the table and occupy the final playoff spot.

Forest, who have won their last two Championship games, are six points off the final playoff spot.

There is a five-point gap between Burnley in fifth and sixth-place Cardiff, who are level on points with Sheffield Wednesday but ahead on goal difference.

Wednesday, like Cardiff, are in the running for a playoff spot, and so are Queens Park Rangers in 12th and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 14th.

While QPR are three points behind the Bluebirds, Wolves, who narrowly missed out on a top-six finish last season, are two points behind the London outfit.

Leeds and Forest probably do not have as good a team as QPR, Wednesday or Wolves, but they can still make the playoffs, or at least they should try to.

There is a long way to go in the Championship this season, and a seven-point (ora  six-point) gap is not insurmountable.

What Leeds and Forest need is a run of positive results - maybe three wins in four games or 12 points from a possible 15.

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