The maths, Brentford's run-in and the equation Leeds United face in search of Premier League football

TUESDAY night's 1-1 draw at home to Luton Town has left Leeds United needing 13 points to guarantee promotion - even if third-placed Brentford and second-placed West Brom win every remaining game.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 4:50 pm

If doing so, the Bees would have won ten games in a row with Tuesday's 3-0 romp at Reading already making it four victories on the bounce.

But the Bees do not face a single side in the top six in their final half dozen games with only two of their remaining fixtures away from home - at play-offs chasing Derby County and relegation-battling Stoke City.

Both ties will offer hope to Leeds and West Brom with the Rams and Potters having plenty to play for and Leeds saw exactly how stubborn a side battling the drop can be in Tuesday's draw with Luton, albeit it was a game in which United had more than enough chances to win.

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ANOTHER POINT: Stuart Dallas takes Leeds United one point closer to their end goal in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at home to Luton Town in which the Whites really should have taken all three. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Brentford's four remaining home games, meanwhile, come up against Wigan Athletic, Charlton Athletic, Preston North End and Barnsley.

Preston remain very much in the play-offs mix while the other three clubs are all battling relegation with Wigan now heading for a 12-point deduction for entering administration.

It means Thomas Frank's Bees will come up against six highly motivated sides in their final six games in a bid to take their current points haul of 69 to the maximum possible 87.

Leeds, on 75 at present, would reach 88 if taking 13 points from their visits to Blackburn Rovers, Swansea City and Derby County plus their home clashes against Stoke, Charlton and Barnsley.

With Blackburn and Swansea still in the play-offs mix, it is a similar story to Brentford's remaining games.

The picture with second-placed West Brom will become clearer after tonight's clash at Sheffield Wednesday but thereafter the Baggies who are currently on 71 points face fixtures at Blackburn and Huddersfield Town plus home games against Hull City, Derby, Fulham and QPR.

Huddersfield and Hull are two more sides scrapping away at the bottom while QPR appear relatively safe in sitting eight points clear of the dropzone but the Fulham game sticks out like a sore thumb.

Following Tuesday's 2-1 win at QPR, the Cottagers are still only two points behind Brentford and eight behind Leeds so cannot yet be ruled out of the equation for top two.

As well as their date at The Hawthorns, Fulham also have to go to fifth-placed Nottingham Forest who are a further three points behind the Cottagers but still mathematically at least in the automatic promotion race though Forest will surely need three points in Wednesday night's hosting of Bristol City.

Other than facing trips to West Brom and Forest, Fulham also visit Wigan on the final day with their three remaining clashes at Craven Cottage coming against 17th-placed Birmingham City, 13th-placed Sheffield Wednesday and sixth-placed Cardiff City.

Birmingham look well placed to stay up in being seven points off the dropzone but the Cottagers undoubtedly face a hard run-in and it's not difficult to think that the automatic promotion picture will boil down to two from three out of Leeds, West Brom and Brentford.

Thirteen points will do it and Leeds might well need something close to that given the form of Thomas Frank's Bees though for now it is over to West Brom.