What will happen to Leeds United and the rest in the new Sky Bet Championship season?

Eunan O'Kane.
 PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Eunan O'Kane. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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The 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season kicks off on Friday and, after summer clear-outs and recruitment on and off the pitch, there is generally an air of optimism among Leeds United fans.

Here we take a look at the likely candidates for automatic promotion, the play-offs and relegation, plus the first manager likely to depart and the leading goalscorer.

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw, who Leeds United are fighting to sign.

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