The Championship race for promotion is unfolding as bookies and pundits anticipated; a three-way contest is underway involving the Premier League dropouts.

While Leicester City, Southampton, and Leeds United start their own exclusive battle at the top, we must not dismiss the other contenders, particularly with a substantial 45 points still to play for.

Current Championship Standings

# Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Leicester City 31 24 3 4 75
2 Southampton 30 19 7 4 64
3 Leeds United 31 19 6 6 63
4 Ipswich Town 30 17 9 4 60
5 West Bromwich Albion 30 14 7 9 49
6 Coventry City 31 12 11 8 47
7 Sunderland 31 14 5 12 47

Stuttering Tractor Boys

Ipswich Town remains squarely in the automatic promotion conversation. They are closer to the leading trio than to West Brom in fifth, but the Tractor Boys are displaying clear signs of fatigue. Nevertheless, it’s too early to count them out. In line with their resilient character, Ipswich secured a crucial last-gasp equaliser against West Brom, showcasing their resolve when defeat seemed certain.

Their recent slip from second to fourth indicates a gradual decline. Yet, it would be an exaggeration to suggest that Ipswich’s promotion bid is failing entirely. They are just three points behind Leeds United, holding a game in hand, even as the Whites boast a significantly better goal difference. Kieran McKenna’s squad has been commendable, taking on Premier League dropouts with notable grit.

Saints’ Pursuit of the Foxes

Leicester City sits comfortably at the top with an 11-point lead, yet this advantage is not impregnable. Enzo Maresca’s side remains wary of the chasing pack. A victory in Southampton’s game in hand could reduce Leicester’s lead to eight points. The Saints have reinforced their reputation as the form team, overturning a two-goal deficit at halftime against Huddersfield to secure a 5-3 victory, extending their unbeaten streak to 25 matches across all competitions.

Leicester, with a firm base for their promotion bid, cannot afford missteps. Their position, while strong, remains vulnerable to the relentless chase from their closest rivals.

Whites’ Challenge to the Saints

Southampton faces a two-front battle: catching Leicester City and staving off Leeds United. Only one point separates them from the third-placed Whites, who are keen to overtake. Russell Martin’s team must leverage their game in hand to widen the gap and lessen the pressure from Leeds.

Promotion Shootout

The contest for the first automatic promotion slot is Leicester City’s to lose, with few expecting them to relinquish their lead. This leaves Southampton and Leeds United to vie directly for the second spot, a tussle that may very well persist until the final matchday when they meet at Elland Road.

Buckle up for an enthralling end to the season. Join the conversation on X or follow us for continuous updates on this gripping promotion race.

Upcoming Fixtures: February – May 2024
Date Home Away Channel
Tuesday 13th February Leicester City vs Sheffield Wednesday On Sky
Friday 16th February West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton On Sky
Saturday 17th February Leicester City vs Middlesbrough On Sky
Friday 23rd February Leeds United vs Leicester City On Sky
Saturday 2nd March Leicester City vs Queens Park Rangers On Sky
Tuesday 20th February Southampton vs Hull City On Sky
Saturday 24th February Southampton vs Millwall On Sky
Saturday 2nd March Birmingham City vs Southampton On Sky
Saturday 9th March Southampton vs Sunderland On Sky
Wednesday 6th March Southampton vs Preston North End On Sky
Tuesday 13th February Swansea City vs Leeds United On Sky
Saturday 17th February Plymouth Argyle vs Leeds United On Sky
Friday 1st March Huddersfield Town vs Leeds United On Sky
Tuesday 5th March Leeds United vs Stoke City On Sky
Saturday 6th April Coventry City vs Leeds United On Sky

I'm Barrie Jarrett, born in Leeds, lived over a decade in South Africa, CEO And Co Founder of Planet Sport Limited and Planet Bet Limited.

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