Date: 11th May 2019 at 7:01am
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Marcelo Bielsa has done a wonderful job since his arrival at Elland Road, but we missed out on automatic promotion and now must fight our way through the Play-Offs if we are to secure a Premier League berth.

Standing in the way of our road to Wembley is Derby County; a side we have already beat twice this season and have not lost to since 2017.

The Pride Park natives did end the regular season in better shape, though, as they went unbeaten in their last six – including wins against West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City – whereas we could only take one point in our final four Championship fixtures.

Before we face Frank Lampard’s Rams on Saturday evening, Aston Villa will have played host to West Brom to decide who carries the advantage to the Hawthorns, and the momentum in their respective quests for a place at Wembley.

If things go the way of Sport Nation’s supercomputer, we stand the best chance of earning a spot in the Play-Off final, as the Bristol Post have shared that we are currently the favourites to win the two-round knockout competition.

Ahead of the first legs, Derby are the biggest underdogs in the Play-Offs, with Lampard’s men given just an 18% chance of securing a place in the Premier League.

WBA, meanwhile, are expected to become Villa’s latest victims, as James Shan’s side have been awarded a 21% probability of going up.

That would leave us with a Wembley showdown against Dean Smith’s Villa Park natives, but the Birmingham-based side are not expected to get the better of us, with Sport Nation awarding the Villains a 32% chance compared to our 35%.

It would be a battle of fine margins, but it would still be a great outcome for us after coming so close to ending our top-flight hiatus in the regular season.

 
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