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How relentless Leeds & lacklustre Leicester blew the PL race open

Leicester City have the chance to retake top spot in the Sky Bet Championship, at least briefly, on Good Friday.

But it never should have been this way. When Leeds were beaten at West Brom in the final game before the end of last year, they were left in fourth place in the table, 17 points adrift of the runaway Foxes.

But a Leicester dip since, and an irrepressible run of form in 2024 from Leeds – which has seen them drop just two points from 13 games thus far – has given us a mouth-watering potential end to the campaign.

Friday 29th March 12:00pm Kick off 12:30pm

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How the Championship table stood at the end of 2023

Records since New Year’s Day

  • Leeds: ✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅🤝✅✅✅
  • Leicester: ✅❌🤝✅✅✅✅❌❌❌✅🤝

Current standings

How Ipswich kept up the challenge

Of course, we mustn’t forget that both Leeds and Leicester would be feeling far more comfortable were it not for the irrepressible rise of Ipswich Town…

A pivotal night at Elland Road

Leeds United's Archie Gray celebrates with team-mate Connor Roberts
Image: A Leeds win at Elland Road in February has proven pivotal in the promotion race

In the end it could be looked back on as the game that decided the title, when the pair met at Elland Road near the end of February. Leicester took the lead on the night, with a win that would have sent them 12 points clear, and should have been 2-0 ahead were it not for an incorrect intervention by the official.

But Leeds took advantage of that, and some wasteful Foxes finishing, to turn the game on its head and narrowed the gap to six points instead. A month later they top the table, albeit only on goal difference and with Leicester in possession of a game in hand.

Enzo Maresca’s men have their fate in their hands still, but it does feel as though the pendulum has swung.

2023 vs 2024: The turnaround

How the league table has changed so far this season

Good Friday fixtures

There are three live Championship games on Sky Sports on Good Friday. Leicester head to Bristol City for a 12.30pm kick-off, while Leeds visit Watford in the evening (8pm).

Friday 29th March 7:30pm Kick off 8:00pm

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Listen to the Championship Predictions podcast!

Sky Sports duo Simeon Gholam and David Prutton take a look ahead at Good Friday in the Sky Bet Championship, predicting the results of every fixture; listen to the podcast below or via any of your regular podcast providers.

The run-in

Last updated March 19, 2024

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