Leeds have been cut to 11/50 favourites in bwin’s Championship winner predictions after moving three points clear at the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Fulham.
United climbed above West Brom, who have been eased out to 7/2 to finish at the summit after losing 1-0 at Brentford on Friday night.
Patrick Bamford’s 14th goal of the season gave Leeds a half-time advantage, before Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison helped wrap up victory after the break.
“In every match, we are going to talk about qualification and the table,” said Marcelo Bielsa. “The win was very necessary for us.
“The first half was better for them than for us, but in the second half it was better.
“When Pablo (Hernandez) came onto the pitch, he coordinated well. He gave our team an option with his accurate passes.”
Cottagers boss Scott Parker admitted his side’s hopes of a top-two finish have been dealt a hefty blow, stating: “I think that is going to be a big ask.
“I wouldn’t write it off, though. We are in a world where the unexpected and surprises can happen.
“Our ambition is to keep it going and we’ll do that and push as much as we can.”
Bees close gap on Baggies
Brentford boosted their hopes of securing an automatic promotion spot by closing to within five points of West Brom.
Ollie Watkins grabbed his 23rd goal of the campaign at Griffin Park, with Thomas Frank commenting: “It was a good, 100 per cent performance and we controlled the game well.
“Of course, we have big dreams, but the biggest thing for us is to focus on the next game and the next game after that.”
Kenneth Zohore smacked a drive against the bar for the Baggies but Slaven Bilic was left feeling disappointed.
“I expected us to put more authority on the game and to be less nervous,” he said.
“Our passing was not good, it was very nervous. Our passing was too hard, we were smashing the ball into their half.
“In the second half, we improved a lot. We had good spells, but those spells weren’t long enough.”
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