, ‘Could prove costly’ – Harry Redknapp makes Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton promotion prediction

‘Could prove costly’ – Harry Redknapp makes Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton promotion prediction

Leeds United and Leicester City will go up automatically while Southampton and Ipswich Town just fall short, Harry Redknapp has predicted.

Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton and Ipswich Town have all been embroiled in a highly competitive fight for the top two this season. All four sides have had on-and-off spells, and all four have treated Championship fans to some fantastic football.

The run-in is well and truly upon us and the fight for automatic promotion is still alive.

As they have for much of the season, Leicester City lead the way. A win over Sunderland after three straight defeats leaves them three points clear at the top of the Championship table.

Ipswich Town are in hot pursuit in 2nd, recovering from a blip to win six in a row. Leeds United are yet to taste league defeat in 2024, putting two points off the Tractor Boys in 3rd, while Southampton are now eight points off the automatics after a shaky run, though they hold a game in hand after Wednesday night’s game against Preston North End was postponed.

With 10 games remaining for the top three and 11 left for Southampton, predictions are coming in for the end of the campaign. Now, legendary manager Harry Redknapp has made his call.

Speaking to BetVictor, Redknapp spoke in detail about the Saints, stating he believes their recent dropped points will prove costly. He said:

“Russell Martin has done a great job at Southampton this season since he came in last summer. He’s got them playing some good football and they play really well.

“They’ve got a good squad there, a fantastic group of players, but I just think they’ll end up finishing third in the Championship this season unfortunately.

, ‘Could prove costly’ – Harry Redknapp makes Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton promotion prediction
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“I thought Southampton would have pipped their rivals to second spot in the Championship this season up until their recent results. Losing those two games at home a few weeks ago to Hull City and Millwall were absolute shocks in all honesty. No disrespect to Millwall but up until recently they couldn’t win a game. They change their manager, Neil Harris comes in, and in his first game they go to Southampton and win – and a few days before that Southampton get beaten by Hull at home too.

“When you look at those games, really there’s six points there that Southampton have missed out on which could prove costly.”

Redknapp would later make his call for the top two, backing Leeds United and Leicester City to rise to the Premier League automatically.

“Ipswich have had a miracle, they’ve done fantastic. They’re a great club and the manager Kieran McKenna has done amazing, but I do still think they’ll just miss out alongside Southampton. I think Leeds will go up with Leicester automatically.

, ‘Could prove costly’ – Harry Redknapp makes Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton promotion prediction
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“For Leeds, the atmosphere at Elland Road and the passion from their supporters is incredible. You saw them recently when they beat Leicester, that crowd are worth a goal headstart to any team. Leeds got murdered in that game by Leicester, but the crowd lifted them. Leicester completely outplayed them and could have been three up, but Leeds kept going as that crowd demand it and in the end that passion pushes the players on and they end up nicking the game. An amazing result. So I do think Leeds will go up this year with Leicester, ahead of Southampton.”

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A tense battle awaits

With Redknapp backing Leeds United and Leicester City to make the automatic rise to the Premier League, time will tell just how the fight really pans out. The Whites and the Foxes would have been up there as the picks of many fans at the start of the season, and the same goes for Southampton.

The relegated sides often find joy in the Championship but all three sides have had to deal with adversity. It has once again proven just how competitive England’s second-tier is, and the emergence of Ipswich Town as the shock contender shows no one can be written off.

All four sides look set to fight it out until the very end of the campaign for promotion, and neutrals watching on will be sure to enjoy the drama as it unfolds over the coming weeks and months.

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