LEEDS United look a reasonably good price at 17-10 to bounce back to winning ways at home to Saturday’s Championship visitors Cardiff.
The Whites approach the game following back-to-back defeats amidst off-pitch turmoil which will make them a bigger price than they might have been.
But United’s first XI remains a match for most sides in the division – especially at Elland Road – and last Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 loss at home to Blackburn Rovers was won and lost when Rudy Austin was dismissed.
It was still disappointing to see the ten men Whites implode with such little resistance but the off-field disruption of assistant manager Steve Thompson’s dismissal has to have been a factor.
And while the Whites were then defeated 4-3 at Wolves on Bank Holiday Monday, Leeds at least showed the old fighting spirit was still there in coming back from 3-1 down to level matters 3-3.
True, United’s defending wasn’t great but Wolves are a better side than Cardiff and if Leeds can beat the likes of Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Derby County and Ipswich Town at Elland Road then Cardiff can be defeated too.
The Welsh side are a best-priced 19-10 with Coral and that will appeal to many given that the visitors are unbeaten in their last six away games, having won three of them – at Wigan, Rotherham and Brentford.
But Cardiff – who are just one place above Leeds on goal difference in 13th – have not won in their last two and approach the game following Monday’s 3-0 loss at home to Bolton.
There’ll be a decent and fired up crowd at Elland Road ahead of Josh Warrington’s world title eliminator at First Direct Arena on Saturday evening (albeit with no away following behind City)and here’s hoping Leeds can pack enough of a punch to KO Cardiff.
The draw, for what it’s worth, is available at 12-5 with several firms and a 1-1 stalemate is rated the most likely outcome by the bookies at a best-priced 6-1.
Eoin Doyle and Joe Mason head the first scorer market for Cardiff at 13-2 along with United’s Mirco Antenucci who is the same price but Alex Mowatt can still be backed at 10-1 to net first with various firms despite scoring nine league goals already this term.
Mowatt is also a stand-out 6-1 to net any time at all with Betfred.
The latter looks too big to ignore.
Leeds to beat Cardiff – 17-10 with Bet365, BetVictor and William Hill.
Alex Mowatt to score any time – 6-1 with Betfred.