Fulham legend Gordon Davies has given his verdict on whether his side can leapfrog Leeds United to top spot in the Championship table, in conversation with Love Sport Radio.
At present, the Whites are at the summit on 71 points, with West Brom a point and a place behind, and Fulham third on 64 points, all teams having played 37 league games.
English football is currently in hiatus due to the world health crisis, but a statement by the game’s national authorities outlined the desire to finish the 2019-20 campaign.
Given the unprecedented situation, there has been much discussion over what to do with the season, including declaring it complete based on current standings, or rendering it null and void.
However, the football authorities say they’re united in their “commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.”
Assuming the season does resume at a later date with things as they are in the table, Davies is confident of a top-two finish – but admits that Leeds are now too far ahead, barring a miracle.
“I definitely think we can still catch the second spot,” Davies, Fulham’s record goalscorer, told Love Sport Radio.
“I’ve got a feeling Leeds have had their bumpy period, they are still going for the jugular in every game that they’re playing in and they’re scoring goals and winning games late on, that is one thing that sometimes we don’t do.
“So I still think we can finish second, definitely, but I think the top spot, unless it is a bit of a miracle, is out of our grasp now.”
Leeds stand on the edge of glory, with Premier League football within their grasp, and should the Championship season resume at a later date, the Whites will hope to finally get over the line
Likewise, Fulham will hope to either overtake West Brom or, failing that, go up through the playoffs like they did in 2018.
A lot can happen in nine games, however, and with the disruption caused to the players’ training and fitness across the leagues, it remains to be seen whether teams can pick up from where they left off, or whether some shock results will take place.