Football betting: Leeds United can flatten Iron

Leeds United added to their terrific FA Cup result at Old Trafford a year ago with a brilliant performance against Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday.

Having taken the lead and defended bravely for much of the game, Simon Grayson will have been disappointed to concede a late controversial spot kick.

Before fans get carried away with dreams of a trip to a Wembley final, attention must return to gaining promotion from the Championship. United have not won in four league matches and will be eager to return to winning ways.

Tomorrow's opponents at Elland Road, Scunthorpe, were hammered 5-1 in the cup by Everton, who have not found goals easy to come by this term. The Iron are currently second from bottom, have lost five of their past six league matches and to make matters worse, have shipped at least two goals a game in the same period.

Grayson will be hoping for a repeat performance of when these sides met at Glanford Park earlier in the campaign.

That afternoon United scored three second-half goals to win 4-1. The head-to-head record between the sides at Elland Road is firmly in Leeds' favour, with three wins on the trot.

Therefore, United are the worthy favourites and I wouldn't put anyone off buying (betting higher) United's win index at 18.

Scunthorpe have really struggled at the back and the United front line

will be looking forward to giving them another test.

Although clean sheets have been few and far between this season, United have been scoring on a regular basis.

They have averaged two goals per game in their last six, so it will be worth a buy (bet higher) of total goals at 2.7 with Sporting Index.

Star weekend

There is some fantastic racing at Kempton this weekend and let's just hope that Kauto Star can make history by winning his fifth King George.

Conditions should be ideal for Paul Nicholls' stable star and AP McCoy

will be hoping to make it two big Saturday victories in a row.

We've also backed Starluck at 9/4 for the Christmas Hurdle and he should have a good chance on this flat track.

Looking ahead to Cheltenham and the ante-post markets are still quite up in the air with a number of horses yet to be given a definite target. Time For Rupert has jumped like a stag in his two races at

Cheltenham this season and with his opponents for the RSA Chase all falling by the wayside, he is worth backing at 3/1 with Boylesports.

He will be many punters' idea of the banker of the meeting and if he runs well in the Argento Chase his price will shorten even further.

The only worry is if Paul Webber runs him in the Gold Cup, but I'm

confident he'll wait until next season.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Jordan Baldwinson hold Anthony Gelling.

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