The last fifteen years or so have been tough ones for fans of Leeds United, who witnessed their team go into financial meltdown and be relegated from the Premier League back in 2004, before spending a number of seasons struggling to stabilise in the Championship.
Things do finally seem to be looking up for the club after many turbulent years though and this year could be the one where they make a serious bid to regain their top flight status.
Following the turbulent three-year spell that Leeds United endured under the ownership of Massimo Cellino, Leeds appear to be settling down nicely under the new owner Andrea Radrizzani – who bought the club at the end of last season.
One of his first moves after Leeds finished seventh was to replace outgoing manager Garry Monk with Thomas Christiansen.
He is a former Spanish international player and he made it clear right from the start of his time in charge that winning promotion to the Premier League was the number one priority for the club this season.
Leeds certainly made a decent start to the season under his management, with their away form in particular proving to be impressive.
Three wins from their first three fixtures away from Elland Road – against Bolton, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest – suggested that promotion was a real possibility, although their was frustration with two goalless draws in their first two home games.
Any concerns that Leeds fans may have had about their home form were dispelled by the 5-0 thrashing of Burton in early September, which was followed by another home win against Birmingham City.
There was a lot that was impressive about this early season form, including a seven-game unbeaten run to start the season and the fact that the team only conceded two goals during that run.
This led to a huge surge of optimism, with stars from Leeds’ Premier League era talking up their chances of reclaiming a place in the top division.
The side’s unbeaten run came to an end when they lost by a single goal in their eighth game of the season, away to Millwall, and they have struggled to maintain that initial burst of form during October – with three successive defeats tempering that early optimism.
However, Leeds currently sit in sixth spot in the table and it is important to remember that they are bedding in a new manager and raft of new players, suggesting that Radrizzani’s ability to stop this short run of losses turning into a form and confidence crisis will be key to their chances of winning promotion.
It is unlikely that the passionate fans of Leeds United will be letting a small dip in form stop them from betting on their side to get back to the Premier League, and betting on the winner and promotion from the Championship is a popular activity. If betting on a match is not your thing you can always try out football themed slot games to get your gambling fix.