Christmas time is a stressful time of year for many, no less so than if you’ve got a stake in a Championship side. Players, coaches and fans alike are bracing themselves for a whirlwind set of fixtures as the bookies set their odds for key top of the table ties. This Betvictor sign up offer is probably the best we’ve seen so far to cash in this Christmas whichever way the wind blows.
All eyes are locked on the title. It’s tough at the top of the league again, with West Brom and Leeds set for a stressful battle towards Championship supremacy. The only solace that they can take is the ten-point cushion between the playoff places. But as we know, all that can change at the drop of a hat with fixtures coming thick and fast over the hectic Christmas period.
Leeds clocking up the miles on the road to The Hawthorns
Leeds fans will be racking up a lot of mileage as they have to bomb up and down the M1 no less than three times over the festive period. Away fixtures against Fulham, Birmingham and West Brom will prove a tough test for the Elland Road outfit, only taking solace that they’ll get to eat Christmas dinner at home with Preston coming to visit on Boxing Day.
Marco Bielsa’s Leeds will be hoping they’ve learned their lesson from last year’s disappointments. They were tipped to go all the way to the top but some sticky slip-ups midseason put them in the playoffs spots, eventually missing out to Frank Lampard’s Derby County on a night that Elland Road will want to forget.
Leeds kick off their Christmas run with tricky fixtures against two top six teams in Fulham and Preston, Bielsa hoping to capitalise on his extensive experience, but also knowing that both teams can be got at. Both of their upcoming top-six opponents have lost three of their last five games.
West Brom entertain struggling northerners
West Brom certainly have an easier time of it this Christmas, at least on paper at any rate. Both Barnsley and Middlesbrough, hurtling towards a potential relegation battle as time ticks by, will be visiting the Midlands this Christmas.
Former Hammers manager Slaven Bilic has been tearing it up since stepping into the hot seat at The Hawthorns. Only one draw in the last five has set the Croatian up nicely as West Brom kick off their Christmas period with a visit from fourth-placed Brentford.
Expect outright drama this Christmas and New Year
Despite trailing to the Baggies, Leeds are still odds on by the bookies to win the Championship but anything could happen given the rip-roaring set of fixtures we have ahead of us. With only two points between the two, it’s the perfect time to place an outright bet with tight but great value odds at present.
Neutrals will be hoping that it’s still a tight title race at the top as Leeds and West Brom hurtle towards their New Year’s Day prize fight. You can be sure that odds of 5/6 on Leeds to clinch top spot and 6/5 on West Brom respectively will drop if there’s any more space made between the two over the coming days.