Leeds United and Aston Villa will be aiming to meet each other in the Premier League next season.
Michael Dawson has backed Leeds United and Jack Grealish inspired Aston Villa to earn promotion this season, with one team chasing a top-two finish and the other hoping to get through via the playoffs.
But former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman expressed his ‘worry’ for the two teams chasing the automatic places, Leeds and Sheffield United, and the impact it will have on them if they finish third.
As things stand, Leeds are three points ahead of Chris Wilder’s side, with leaders Norwich City running away with things despite dropping points during their last two matches.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT (17/04/2019 at 9:15 am), Dawson spoke about the promotion picture in the Championship.
“Norwich have been fantastic, they’ll win it,” Dawson told talkSPORT. “Sheffield United and Leeds, the pair of them have been the second-best teams. But I think they [Sheff Utd] will miss out. I think it will be Leeds who’ll go up in second place.
“Then in the playoffs, it’s a lottery. I think Aston Villa have just hit form at the right time. You questioned earlier on in the season the job Dean Smith is doing there. He did it at Brentford. He’s got Aston Villa playing the way they are playing. Jack Grealish coming back the way he’s played. If I was going to go for someone in the playoffs it would have to be Villa.
David Seaman added: “I’d worry for Sheffield United or Leeds because they’ve been there or thereabouts in that second positions and then to not make it, the confidence will be low.”
Both Leeds and Villa will meet during the penultimate week of the Championship season and that Elland Road clash could potentially have a big say in the promotion race.
Dean Smith will be hoping his team would have wrapped up a top-six spot by then, whereas Leeds will more than likely need something to maintain their top-two charge going into the final day – or they could seal their Premier League spot with a win during that match.
Either way, it has been yet another remarkable season in the second tier of English football, with promotion and relegation all still up for grabs.
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