Leeds United: Whites fifth in form table but odds against to beat Brewers

FAVOURITE: To score first, Chris Wood.

FAVOURITE: To score first, Chris Wood.

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LEEDS United approach Saturday’s hosting of Burton Albion sat fifth in the Championship form table taken over the last eight games.

The visiting Brewers are yet to win away from home in the league this season - yet Leeds can still be backed at 11-10 to bag another victory at Elland Road.

United have picked up 16 points from their last possible 24 and only Brighton, Newcastle United and Preston can better that tally with 20, 19 and 17 points respectively.

Like Leeds, Norwich have also picked up 16 points from their last eight games but the Canaries have a slightly better goal difference.

Taken over the last eight games, Saturday’s visitors Burton are 16th in the form table with nine points from their last eight matches.

Leeds - who sit tenth and three points off the play-offs - are not surprisingly strong favourites to beat 15th-placed Burton but odds of 11-10 are also available.

Burton, managed by Nigel Clough, can be backed at 3-1 while the draw is on offer at 12-5.

A 1-0 victory to Leeds is rated as the most likely outcome and on offer at 6-1 while Chris Wood is 11-2 favourite to score first, ahead of Marcus Antonsson at 6-1 and Kemar Roofe at 13-2.

For Burton, Chris O’Grady, Jamie Ward, Lucas Atkins and Stuart Beavon are all 9-1 to net first.

Leeds have conceded just four goals in their last seven league games which have incorporated three clean sheets - in the away wins at Wolves and Cardiff, and also against Ipswich Town at home.

But Garry Monk’s Whites are still as big as 9-1 to achieve a top six finish with Bet365 - behind 14 other teams in the pecking order, namely, in order Newcastle United, Norwich City, Brighton, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Bristol City, Derby County, Reading, Fulham, Wolves, Birmingham City, QPR and Brentford.

The Whites are 133-2 to finish in the top two - with NetBet - and 250-1 to win the Championship with SkyBet.

Pontus Jansson

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