How Leeds United could be mathematically 'safe' on Monday night
STAYING UP was always Leeds United's primary objective this season - something that could be mathematically assured on Monday night.
Newly-promoted Leeds sit tenth in the Premier League table following Saturday's superb 2-1 victory at Manchester City and realistically United are already safe from relegation bar a mathematical miracle and disaster.
Leeds - who have seven games left - currently have 45 points and are 19 points clear of the dropzone which is headed by third-bottom Fulham on 26 points.
However, Scott Parker's Cottagers have only six games remaining and can now no longer overhaul Leeds who need one more point to make themselves mathematically safe given that second-bottom West Brom could still technically finish on 45 points.
The Baggies, though, would need a mathematical miracle to overtake Leeds as their goal difference stands at minus 34 whereas United's is level.
Sam Allardyce's side would have to win every remaining fixture and Leeds would have to lose every one of their remaining seven games to be overhauled by them, in addition to the Baggies making up the goal difference swing.
The Baggies host Southampton on Monday evening in a 6pm kick-off and Leeds will consequently be mathematically safe if West Brom fail to pick up all three points.
Cue the bubbly, if it isn't open already.
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Thank you Laura Collins