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Leeds make top flight return after 16-year absence

Leeds promoted to Premier League after West Brom defeat

2020/07/17 20:22
By Daniel Oliveira
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Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years away from the top flight as West Brom slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield.

West Brom fell behind to Chris Willock’s early goal (brother of Arsenal youngster Joe) tapping home from a poorly defended free kick, but they looked to be back on track when Dara O’Shea levelled before half-time, with Huddersfield taking their turn at not dealing with a set peice.

Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana looked lively throughout, and the most likely source of a winner, however, Arsenal loanee Emile Smith-Rowe scored the winner for the Terriers in the 86th minute, sweeping home a nice, quick passing move.

Leeds now have four more points than Slaven Bilic’s second-placed West Brom, confirming their promotion to the Premier League and they can clinch the Championship title with a draw against Derby County at Pride Park on Sunday, giving cult figure coach Marcelo Bielsa a rare, and well deserved, trophy lifet.

The Baggies though, are now in danger of dropping into the playoffs as today's result means Brentford can climb into second place if they manage to beat Stoke City on Saturday, while Huddersfield are now six points clear of the bottom three and only need a point to be absolutely certain of staying up.

Leeds went through 14 different managers following their 2004 relegation from the Premier League and financial collapse, sinking as low as League One for three seasons before returning to the Championship for the 2009-10 campaign. And despite disappointment last season, Bielsa, and his squad, have won the hearts of a one club city, craving their return to the big time.

 

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