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Football | Leeds promoted to the Premier League

Leeds United have been promoted to the Premier League, securing a top-two finish in the Championship and ending their 16-year exile from the top flight.

West Brom's 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Friday night guarantees Leeds a top-two finish, with Marcelo Bielsa's side now needing just one point from their final two matches to secure the Championship title.

Leeds have collected 87 points from 44 league matches, with Brentford - who are five points behind - the only other team capable of winning the title.

Bielsa's men will be crowned champions if Brentford fail to beat Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday, or if Leeds themselves claim a point at Derby in their next outing.

Nerves escalated when Leeds suffered a surprise defeat to Cardiff in their first game back following the return to football, but five wins in their next six matches has seen Leeds leave their promotion-chasing rivals in the dust.

A 1-0 win over Barnsley at Elland Road on Thursday put both the title nd promotion within grasp.

Having finished third and suffered play-off heartbreak last year, the Yorkshire club have now won promotion in Bielsa's second season at Elland Road.

Leeds return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004 when they were relegated just three years after reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Things got even worse in 2007, with the club slipping down to League One after being placed in administration.

Leeds started life in the third tier with a 15-point deduction and it took three seasons before they won promotion back to the Championship under Simon Grayson.

The next decade brought false hopes, heartbreak, a staggering number of managerial changes and plenty of close calls before Bielsa was appointed as manager in the summer of 2018.

Leeds will now look to wrap up the league title before commencing preparations for their long-awaited turn to the top flight.

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