For the majority of last season, Leeds United looked like ending their 15 year exile from the Premier League. Their recently released 6 part documentary on Amazon Prime, chronicled their first season under Marcelo Bielsa, which ultimately ended up with them missing out on the two automatic promotion places and then losing to Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the play-offs.
With it being the club’s centenary year this season, they’ll be looking to go one better than last year and ensure they secure a top 2 finish and avoid the heartache of the play-offs.
Leeds finished last season with 83 points, 6 points adrift of local rivals Sheffield United, so this season they will need to achieve in the region of 90 points to gain automatic promotion. They dominated possession in the majority of games and at times looked unplayable last year, but despite their dominance they lost too many matches against lower teams, where they should have won.
I don’t know whether Amazon will be showing a second season of Take Us Home, but I thought it would be fun throughout the season to chart Leeds progress, by comparing this season’s results with those of last season, to see if they’re on target to achieve the necessary points required for automatic promotion.
For matches where the opposition weren’t in the Championship last season, I’ll use results from the corresponding promoted/relegated team (e.g. games against Cardiff I’ll use last season’s results against Norwich, Luton I’ll use Rotherham etc).
So far Leeds have played 3 matches this season and the results have exactly matched those from Last year, so their projected points total is currently 83, the same as they finished last season on.
First up was a trip to Bristol City, where they won 1-0 last season and 3-0 this season. Next was the visit of Nottingham forest, where they drew 1-1 both seasons and most recently was the game against Wigan, where they won 2-1 last year and 2-0 this.
Tomorrow night sees Brentford visit Elland Road and I’ll be previewing that match shortly.