Former Leeds United player and boss Gary McAllister has revealed which three sides he thinks will get promoted from the Championship this season.

Two of McAllister's former teams, Leicester City and Leeds, are currently leading what is on pace to be a record race for the Premier League.

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Southampton sit third, with Ipswich fourth. Both play their game in hand on Leeds - who are three points ahead of Town and two ahead of the Saints - tonight.

Leeds then host Leicester in a huge game on Friday night.

And McAllister, who won the old Division One title with Leeds in '91-92 before returning as boss in 2008, is backing his old club to be among the trio of promoted sides.  

Ipswich Star: Gary McAllister has picked three sides to get promoted from the ChampionshipGary McAllister has picked three sides to get promoted from the Championship (Image: PA Images)
"I think the three relegated teams will go back up," he revealed, speaking via Betway.

"Ipswich have done brilliantly to keep going and it will be great if they can secure a play-off spot, but Southampton and Leeds are just going to have enough for one of them to go up automatically with the other via the play-offs.

"I've watched Leeds quite a few times this season and they can score goals from all areas of the pitch.

"I am impressed with Glen Kamara, who came down from Rangers and (Ethan) Ampadu in the middle of the park has done well.

"(Crycensio) Summerville and (Patrick) Bamford are playing really well, and Championship defences can’t handle them.

"Whether they can keep clean sheets is another question. But I think Leeds have just got enough to finish second and get the automatic because the fans don't like play-offs!"

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McAllister continued: "One thing is for sure and that’s next year's Premier League is going to be a lot tougher for the bottom half because Leicester and one, if not both, of Leeds and Southampton are going up, they're Premier League ready.

"And although obviously Burnley invested, it just hasn't worked for them.

"Sheffield United haven't but the likes of (Crystal) Palace, Wolves and (Nottingham) Forest will worry about what’s ahead I would think."