Leeds United v Barnsley: Go for goals at both ends

Robert Snodgrass celebrates his winning goal against Burnley.

Robert Snodgrass celebrates his winning goal against Burnley.

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Twenty-two scored in their last four encounters so goals look certain to be on the agenda when Leeds United host Yorkshire foes Barnsley.

The Whites can be expected to turn over the Tykes but both teams to score at 8-11 might be the way to go.

In Off The Post enjoyed a stellar few days last weekend when about the only bet we didn’t land was Robert Snodgrass to score first. Typically, he scored second and third but either way it led to a winning selection on the Whites doing the business at Burnley at odds of 2-1.

United are now up to fifth and the chances are Simon Grayson’s side will oblige again this afternoon, though Leeds’ recent record against Barnsley ain’t great and odds of 8-11 about a home win hardly look generous.

The feeling is Leeds will still come out triumphant but given that the last four games between these two sides have ended 3-3, 5-2, 2-2 and 3-2 it’s a surprise to see ‘both teams to score’ at 8-11 when some weeks that price is as short as 1-2.

The Blackpool blip aside, Leeds have scored in every home league game since the clash against Middlesbrough in August so we ought to be fine there. And with Keith Hill’s Barnsley sat 15th and basically no great shakes – the thinking is that United will indeed gain a victory and land the odds-on quotes. The away win is 4-1 and the draw reasonable value at 3s.

While the United defence is definitely improving it is clearly still not watertight and something like a 3-2 or 2-1 home win would be my guess.

As Barnsley have scored only seven on their travels thus far the latter looks about right and is, understandably, favourite on that market, but it’s still fair enough value at 7-1.

Attractively

Leeds to be leading at half-time and full-time may also tempt some at 7-4, but when has a Leeds victory ever been so straightforward? Indeed, when it has been straightforward against Barnsley?

Of late it hasn’t and 8-11 about both teams to score looks marginally better value then a home win, though you can always back both.

As for first scorer, Ross McCormack is certainly due one and attractively priced at 5-1 but Snodgrass is clearly in lightning-form yet still as big as 8-1 to net first. That’ll do, but don’t be at all surprised if Barnsley nick one at the other end.

Carlos Carvalhal.

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