Leeds United 'deserve' Premier League promotion as West Brom chief labels Blackburn clash as a 'World Cup final' - Championship preview

Leeds United could take another massive step towards the Premier League on Sunday afternoon when they face Swansea City.

Friday, 10th July 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 10th July 2020, 4:10 pm
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The Whites’ trip to the Liberty Stadium is one of a number of key fixtures in the Championship this weekend.

And as ever, we’re previewing all the main talking points ahead of this weekend's fixture list. Scroll and click through the pages:

Barnsley (42) and Luton’s (41) fate could be sealed over the weekend if they fail to beat Wigan and Huddersfield Town respectively, and results go against them. Interestingly, slightly further up the table, Birmingham could be dragged into relegation trouble if they lose to Stoke.

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Luton Town boss Nathan Jones says he has made personal sacrifices in a bid to clinch safety. He said: “I’ve not been home in a week, I’ve not seen my month old daughter in a week which is extremely tough and if you’re a parent, especially a new parent.”
Following another week of turmoil off the field - Wigan once again have a game at the end of it - but there’s limited sympathy from Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber in what could turn out to be a big relegation clash, dependent on the points deduction outcome.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock compared Djed Spence to the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the visit of Bristol City, where the youngster will wear a protective face mask after clashing Millwall's Murray Wallace in the 1-0 midweek win.
Fan pressure on Monk has intensified over recent weeks with just 13 points registered from the Owls’ last 57 available, however, the former Leeds boss is far from throwing in the towel - insisting he is determined to get things right ahead of the game at QPR.
Cardiff, the team currently occupying the final play-off spot, face a Fulham side who still have one eye on the top two. Any slip up for Neil Harris’ side then Swansea, Derby and Preston North End are all waiting to pounce.
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has issued a very strong statement ahead of the trip to Blackburn. “I want to send the players the message that we are playing a World Cup final on Saturday. There’s no room at any stage of the season for complacency but especially now.”
Imagine, just imagine if Derby County are the team that well and truly sets Leeds United on their way to the top-flight. Three points against Brentford and all of last season might be forgiven… or maybe not.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men could find themselves in a glorious position come Sunday’s game at Swansea City - and former boss Warnock hopes Leeds and West Brom see through their promotion to the Premier League because “they deserve it”. 42 down, four to go...
Rhian Brewster, previously linked with a loan move to Elland Road, has been in red hot form since the restart with four goals in five games. Will the Liverpool man break a resilient Leeds United defence?