Leeds United strongly fancied to set record straight against Preston North End
LEEDS UNITED are strong odds-on favourites to bounce back from their two recent setbacks with victory against Boxing Day's visitors Preston North End whose Sean Maguire is rated the main threat.
Second-placed Leeds are pushing towards the 1-3 mark and no better than 11-25 to follow the 3-3 draw at home to Cardiff City and 2-1 loss at Fulham with three points.
A Preston side who have taken seven points from their last three games and only sit nine points behind Leeds can be backed at just better than 7-1 while the draw is on offer at marginally better than the 7-2 mark.
But the first goalscorer market is once again dominated by Leeds with ten Whites players rated more likely to score first than North End's Sean Maguire who is 10-1 to notch first.
Patrick Bamford is again 10-3 favourite to score the opener, only marginally ahead of Eddie Nketiah at 19-5.
Third-favourite Pablo Hernandez will not be justifying his position in the market as the Spaniard is out for a month with a hamstring injury but Helder Costa is next and could be worth a shout at 43.
Tyler Roberts who will surely be on the bench after his injury is next at 7s and the same price as big threat Jack Harrison.
Jack Clarke - not involved of late - is next at 17-2 followed by Mateusz Klich who has been knocking on the door of late and looks a good price at 7s.
Mateusz Bogusz and Gjanni Alioski are both 10s and next before the first Preston player in Republic of Ireland international Maguire.
As far as North End are concerned, David Nugent and Jayden Stockley are next with both 12s, followed by Tom Barkhuizen at 15s but no goalscorer is rated more likely than a Barkhuizen first goal at 14s.
At 6-1, a 2-0 win for Leeds is rated the most likely outcome, followed by 1-0 Leeds at 7-1, a 2-1 Whites win at 15-2 and then a 1-1 draw at 17-2.
A 1-0 win for North End comes in at 21-1 with 2-1 to the Lilywhites at 25s.
In short, the visitors have more or less been written off by the bookmakers but the same was true of Cardiff who somehow left with a 3-3 draw - an outcome that is 80-1 two weeks on.
But Leeds really ought to have too much class and Bamford to score any time at 11-10 looks a pretty good investment, as does Klich at 7-2, especially as he will play a more prominent role minus Hernandez.