Automatic Promotion Hopes Fade for Leeds United as Ipswich beat Coventry

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Leeds United go to the final match of the 2023/24 EFL Championship with a faint glimmer of hope for automatic promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, as they are three points shy of Ipswich Town who won 2-1 last night against Coventry City.

Leeds had been pushing towards the top two automatic promotion places following an incredible run of victories at the start of 2024, but that form slipped in recent weeks as Leeds were held to a goalless draw with Sunderland at home, before being beaten by Blackburn Rovers.

Following those results, on Friday evening, Leeds’ young side travelled to Queens Park Rangers knowing victory would see them in the driving seat for automatic promotion, however, they produced one of their worst performances of the season, going down to a 4-0 defeat.

Before the QPR game, in midweek, fellow Yorkshire side, Hull City produced a stunning match to draw with Ipswich 3-3 and keep Leeds’ hopes alive, meaning they remained in second place despite the QPR loss, owing to better goal difference.

However, their poor April form meant Leeds also needed Ipswich to lose their game-in-hand against Coventry who had considerably less to play for, on Tuesday night, which did not happen.

Leeds play fourth placed Southampton at home on the weekend, while Ipswich host another Yorkshire team, Huddersfield, who are all but relegated already, unless results go their way (they need a 15 goal turnaround with Plymouth who are three points above them).

If Huddersfield and Leeds both win, Leeds will be automatically promoted. Any other combination of results will mean Leeds finish third in the table, and therefore will have to go through the playoffs, if they are to return to the Premier League for next season.

Saturday 4th May 2024 EFL Championship Fixtures

  • Birmingham City v Norwich City
  • West Bromwich Albion v Preston North End
  • Swansea City v Millwall
  • Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Stoke City v Bristol City
  • Rotherham United v Cardiff City
  • Plymouth Argyle v Hull City
  • Middlesbrough v Watford
  • Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers
  • Leeds United v Southampton
  • Ipswich Town v Huddersfield Town
  • Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers

League Table before Saturday 4th May

1Leicester City (Champions)453141089395097
2Ipswich Town452712690573393
3Leeds United45279980413990
5Norwich City4521101479631673
6West Bromwich Albion4520121367472072
7Hull City451913136859970
9Coventry City4517131569571264
10Preston North End45189185664-863
11Bristol City451711175347662
12Cardiff City45195215165-1462
13Swansea City451512185964-557
17Queens Park Rangers451411204557-1253
18Stoke City451411204560-1553
19Blackburn Rovers451311215874-1650
20Sheffield Wednesday45148234268-2650
21Plymouth Argyle451212215870-1248
22Birmingham City451211224965-1647
23Huddersfield Town45918184875-2745
24Rotherham United45412293287-5524
2023/24 EFL Championship table before Saturday 4 May 2024 – Yorkshire teams in bold

For Leeds fans, Huddersfield Town fans and Star Wars fans: May the Fourth be with you!

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