Football betting: Leeds can end their Foxes jinx

Leeds United beat the snow and QPR to extend their unbeaten league run.

Two goals from Max Gradel saw that United finished the weekend within three points of league leaders qpr and, crucially, in the automatic

play-off places. A Boxing Day trip to Leicester City now beckons.

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United are playing some cracking football at the minute and their form should continue into the new year. Belief amongst the players must be at an all-time high and they'll fancy their chances on Sunday.

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However, Sven Goran Eriksson's side have already beaten United once in the league as well as eliminated them from the Carling Cup.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson will be looking to end a run of three defeats by the Foxes and get the better of them for the first time in seven matches across all competitions.

The manager will be aware of Leicester's good home form, which has seen them record four victories and two draws in their last six matches.

United have the same record in their last six away, so I'm expecting a tight game.

The win index is a tough one to call, but with the run United are on it'll be worth a small buy (bet higher) of their win index at nine with Sporting Index.

Eriksson's side have averaged just less than two goals a game at home this season and scored 12 in their previous six at the Walkers Stadium. Both meetings between the sides this season produced at least three goals, so my advice is to buy (bet higher) total goals at 2.6.

? The racing calendar has been decimated once again due to the horrendous weather, but hopefully the King George will take place at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Kauto Star bids to make history by winning the race for a fifth straight year. He is truly an amazing horse and is unbeatable at his favourite track.

He won this race last year in imperious style and although Long Run is a danger, I can't see him having enough to beat Kauto.

Paul Nicholls' stable star is 10/11 with Boylesports and will start shorter than that on the day. Riverside Theatre could be the one in the "without Kauto" market at around 6/1.

The Welsh National is the following day and it promises to be a war of attrition as always.

Jonjo O'Neill's Synchronised is the 6/1 favourite on Betdaq and will relish this stiff stamina test. However, he's not the best traveller in his races and will surely trade bigger in-running, so that may be the

best time to back him.

The one who I'll be backing pre-race is Pat Murphy's Maktu at 12/1. He has the all-important Chepstow form and is another who will enjoy this marathon trip.

Kyle Bartley.

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