BRIGHTON are as short as 5-4 favourites to condemn Leeds United to another home loss on Saturday - a sign of the times at Elland Road.
United must win Saturday’s Championship showdown to avoid setting a new club record of 11 consecutive home games without victory, a run which stretches back to March.
Leeds’ last Elland Road victory came against Ipswich Town on the first Wednesday in March and the Whites can be backed at 12-5 with Bet365 to finally end the home hoodoo.
A draw is on offer at 23-10 with various firms but 16-11 is the best you’ll get for league leaders Brighton with Marathon Bet. The Seagulls are as short as 5-4 with Betway.
Tellingly, nine of the first 11 players rated most likely to score first represent the visitors with Tomer Hemed a strong market-leader at 11-2 followed by United’s big two in Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci at 13-2 and 7s respectively.
Bobby Zamora is next in the list at 15-2 with Alex Mowatt next as far as Leeds is concerned at 9s.
Worryingly, a few firms have Lee Erwin down as the fourth most likely Whites player to net first when he’s on loan at Bury.
With Brighton top of the table and still unbeaten, everything seemingly points to an away win given United’s home woes.
Yet we all know how Leeds have a habit of winning when you least expect it and it should be noted that for whatever reason Brighton have not won in October since 2010.
Still, Leeds are on the joint worst home run of their history, equalling the ten game winless Elland Road sequence of the relegation season of 1982 when the 11th game in that run resulted in a home victory.
The opponents. Brighton.