I’ve done all my predictions to the end of the season for Wolves, Cardiff and Villa.
Even though Fulham are coming like the proverbial express train, I’ve discounted both them and Derby as being able to catch us on the basis that if they did, we’d have crumbled miserably anyway.
My estimates have Wolves on 98 points, Cardiff on 92 and Villa on 91.
The projection for Wolves is pretty modest too, with only three wins expected from the next eight games, but then a strong finish to see us over the line.
If it played out as per my guesswork, things will be getting fairly tense in the coming weeks so I’m hoping the lads will exceed expectations.
I haven’t managed to speak to a Leeds fan, but I’d be keen to know why they’ve fallen away again after a strong start.
Was it injuries to key players? A manager lacking ideas? Or simply a team that just stopped performing?
I’m not sure Paul Heckingbottom is the man to get them where they want to be and his record to date of two defeats, two draws and one victory won’t be hoisting them up from midtable anytime soon.
But if you dissect those results in greater detail the former Barnsley manager has a had the toughest introduction possible.
Sheffield United, Derby and Middlesbrough away. Bristol City and Brentford at home. And now the league leaders.
It’s a tough ask, particularly at a club notorious for itchy trigger finger.
Given that they haven’t played for a week and a half you’d hope for a high intensity performance, which is always a necessity at Elland Road.
We need more from our front three, whoever forms that combination. For me, only Cavaleiro can boast any sort of consistency of late.
Costa needs to rediscover that cutting edge that made him so potent last season and we haven’t seen the best of Jota for a good while. Perhaps the rest will have done the trick?
Leeds have the home record of a midtable side with seven wins, five draws and five defeats. I don’t think there’s a huge amount to fear.
However, they have some good individuals and after getting spanked by Boro last Friday I would expect a response, particularly in a televised game.
I’d like to see us get four points from the next two games (I’ve only predicted one though) and I think this could be a draw.
Up The Wolves!