I can't see Leeds United finishing outside the top two and I'll be gutted if they don't go up

Leeds United have the right players and manager to get the job done and seal a top-two Championship spot, according to EFL expert Don Goodman. The former Wolves and Sunderland striker covers the division for Sky Sports and admits it will be harsh on whoever finishes third after such a dramatic season.

Daniel Farke's side are currently occupying that third spot after losing to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. However, with Leicester losing at Plymouth on Friday night and Ipswich failing to beat Middlesbrough, Leeds will be hoping their slip-up does not prove too costly.

Leicester hold the advantage of a game in hand over their two rivals, while Southampton could draw level with Leeds if they win their two games in hand - one of which is against the Foxes. It all makes for the most dramatic of final few weeks in a race which has seen high levels of consistency throughout the season.

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The gap between the leaders and the rest of the division is such that Goodman says he will feel sorry for whoever misses out on an automatic spot - although he is backing Leeds to get over the line.

"I'm still backing Leeds to win promotion," he told Crypto Casino LTD. "They've got a manager who has been there and done it, while their front line is ridiculous. Farke has Crysencio Summerville, Dan James, Georginio Ruitter, Willy Gnonto, Patrick Bamford, Mateo Joseph and Jaidon Anthony at his disposal.

"When you align that with a water-tight and rock-solid defensive unit which they have with Joe Rodon and Ethan Ampadu, you have to be favourites to get the job done. I'm going to be gutted for the team that finishes third and I'm already a tiny bit gutted for Southampton as they've had an excellent season. But I cannot see Leeds United finishing outside the top two."

Leeds can only watch on as Southampton play Preston North End tonight before going to Cardiff City on Saturday. If they win both those games, they would draw level on points with the Whites, who have a hugely superior goal difference. Farke's side are back in action next Monday night at Middlesbrough, with Ipswich not playing this weekend and Leicester City hosting West Bromwich Albion on Saturday lunchtime.