Football betting: Goals the favourite at Burnley v Leeds United

Luciano Becchio proved United's hero against Crystal Palace as he scored twice late on to seal all three points at Elland Road.

Palace came into the match on the back of three victories from their past four league games and after Neil Danns' opener, United were made to work for their win.

Becchio's brace also netted us a healthy profit after we suggested buying (betting higher) United's win index at 16 and buying total goals at 2.7 with Sporting Index.

Simon Grayson will have been delighted with the spirit shown at the weekend and he'll need a similar effort if his side are to get anything from a tricky game at Turf Moor against Burnley tomorrow.

The Clarets have been very strong at home this season and would be much higher in the table if their away form was as good.

Brian Laws,' pictured left, side are yet to win on the road in nine matches – scoring only a goal-per-game in that time.

United are without an away win since narrowly beating Coventry at the start of November.

Although they lost their last visit to Turf Moor, they did win the previous two games there, both finishing 2-1. Burnley are clear favourites, but I'll be having a small buy (bet higher) of United's win index at 8, as the sides could well cancel each other out and a draw would give us a profit.

Spread betters may expect goals again at Turf Moor given that both sides are finding the net on a regular basis.

The Clarets have scored an average of 2.2 goals per game in their last

six league matches. United have averaged just fewer than two goals per game on the road in the same period.

With that in mind, I wouldn't put anyone off buying (betting higher) total goals at 2.6 with Sporting Index.

Meanwhile, Sandown's Tingle Creek meeting also succumbed to the arctic weather conditions last weekend, but at least the highlight has been moved to Cheltenham tomorrow.

Master Minded should take all the beating, although Paul Nicholls is concerned about a lack of cut in the ground.

A better betting contest is the International which features the fascinating battle between Menorah, Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti.

At the prices, I'll be backing the latter at around 3/1 with Boylesports. Menorah needs a strong pace and excels in big fields, while Cue Card has it to prove against the big boys. Silviniaco Conti has surprised Nicholls but he's improving rapidly and is still unbeaten.

It could be a red letter day for Messrs Nicholls and Fehily as they also have a big chance in the December Gold Cup with Robinson Collonges.

He is only a five-year-old, so his lack of experience has to be a worry, but he has looked impressive this season and is worth backing at 7/1 on Betdaq for the stable that won this last year with Poquelin.

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