Football betting: Expect a Portsmouth v Leeds goalfest

Leeds United return to league action against Portsmouth this weekend after the side ended their run of four league games without a win last Saturday.

The 4-0 defeat of Scunthorpe was the perfect way to get back on track and it also helped us to a healthy profit after we suggested buying (betting higher) United's win index at 18 and buying total goals at 2.6 with Sporting Index.

Simon Grayson was left fuming at the final whistle the last time his side met Portsmouth after a 90th- minute equaliser completed a late comeback for the visitors.

The manager will be looking for a much improved performance at Fratton Park, where Pompey have been rather inconsistent in recent weeks. Steve Cotterill's side have only produced one victory in their past six games

and only two in their last six at home.

Compare that to United's away record and it's clear to see why they'll fancy their chances of avenging the disappointing tie at Elland Road.

Portsmouth are also without several key players for the clash, the latest being captain Aaron Mokoena – who picked up his 10th caution of the season playing Nottingham Forest.

There will be some concern among those United fans making the trip south as the side have not fared well on their past few visits to the South coast. United last won at Pompey in 1999 and since then have lost all three meetings – one of which was a 6-1 thrashing in 2003.

However, the Pompey side has changed a great deal in that time and with United's strong away record I am keen to buy (bet higher) their win index at 13.

United scored four times last time out and the game between these two sides finished 3-3 in December. With that in mind, I would recommend buying total goals at 2.8 with Sporting Index.

The feature race this weekend is the Victor Chandler Handicap Chase at Ascot and Master Minded is already as short as 1/2 with Boylesports.

Paul Nicholls' star looked back to his very best at Cheltenham last time out and was an impressive winner at this track on his previous start. It is virtually impossible to find anything to beat him and Somersby and Petit Robin look set to fight out the minor places once again.

We've already backed Donald McCain's Peddlers Cross at 14/1 with Boylesports for the Champion Hurdle and he's now a best priced 6/1 on Betdaq. He takes his next step on the road to Cheltenham at Haydock tomorrow afternoon and he should be able to take the Champion Hurdle

Trial with the minimum of fuss.

Binocular threw down the gauntlet at Kempton last weekend, but granted some cut in the ground at Prestbury Park in March, I'd still fancy Peddlers to maintain his unbeaten record.

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