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TOP HALF: Leeds United chasing top ten finish

 

A win against Burnley could put Leeds United on track to finish in the top half of the Premier League in their first season back.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were never truly in relegation danger despite a dip in form at the turn of the year.

However, Leeds supporters never felt truly safe until it was mathematically impossible.

Now though, they've got their sights set on the dizzying heights of the Premier League top ten.

Leeds were out of the Premier League for 16 years before their return last summer.

They lifted the Championship trophy as they solidified their emotional comeback to England's top tier.

It's a fairytale of some sorts for Leeds fans to see their side not just back in the Premier League, but chasing the top half.

As it stands at the time of writing, Bielsa's side sit 10th in the table. Should they beat Burnley they'll hold that position for another week.

Aston Villa drew with Everton on Thursday night which kept Leeds a point ahead of the 11th-placed side.

 

Top half on track for Leeds

 

Following Burnley, Leeds will face Southampton and already relegated West Bromwich Albion to wrap up their campaign.

Both West Brom and Fulham, who came up with Leeds, have both been sent back down to the Championship. That gives you an idea of how good Leeds' season has been.

The Leeds boss praised his opposing manager Sean Dyche noting Burnley's ability to change style ahead of their clash.

"They have a style but the style has certain points and they use all the options that they have in the game," Bielsa said.

"It's not the same with Barnes and Wood then to play Vydra and Rodriguez. If you simplify, you say that they play with two forwards but if you see how each of those four players play and how the manager articulates them.

"He has the option to combine one player with any of those three and this generates consequences in the style of the team.

"It's not that it doesn't have themes but it is that they have a central point and a pillar but within that, they have different themes."


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