Leeds United v Brentford: Back the Whites to sting the Bees

Luke Murphy.
Luke Murphy.
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PLAY up the Huddersfield Town winnings with a small wager on Leeds United to beat Brentford on Saturday at 15-8 with BetVictor.

YEP readers were rewarded at better than 3-1 last weekend if following our advice to take a punt on the Whites to win at Huddersfield.

And the odds are still decent this weekend against a Brentford side that come to Elland Road on the back of a 1-0 home loss to Middlesbrough.

There’s no disgrace in getting beaten by Aitor Karanka’s rapidly improving Riversiders but there’s no denying that Leeds approach the game in the better form on a four game unbeaten run and targeting a hat-trick of victories.

With the club also holding on to all their star men before Monday’s transfer deadline, there must be every chance of United landing a third win in succession this weekend.

The fact that fifth-placed Brentford are 17 points and 14 places better off than Leeds is of no concern as it was a similar story prior to beating high-flying Derby County and Bournemouth at Elland Road and United are clearly better than their league position at present.

Furthermore, Brentford have already lost six on their travels this term and they are all or nothing away from home with just the one draw but seven wins making up their 14 games away from Griffin Park.

The Bees are clear favourites on Saturday at a best-priced 8-5 but, without wanting to get carried away, there’s no real hesitation in tipping the Whites who also now have an additional attacking option in Edgar Cani.

The six foot four Albanian is 15-2 to net first with Boylesports and 12-5 to net any time at all with Sky Bet but he might not even start and a better wager on that front could be Luke Murphy, who, like last week, is big odds at 21-1 to score first and 15-2 to net any time at all, both with BetVictor.

We won’t tip him every week but there’s every chance he’ll be further buoyed by being nominated for the January player of the month award and will attempt plenty of stabs on goal.

Brentford’s 11-goal Andre Gray heads both scorer markets - at 6-1 to net first with Boylesports and 15-8 to score full stop with Bet Bright and Betfair – but we’ll cross our fingers for some nice-priced Murphy magic, and moreover a third Whites win in succession.


Leeds to beat Brentford – 15-8 with BetVictor.

Luke Murphy to score first – 21-1 with BetVictor.

Luke Murphy to score any time at all – 15-2 with BetVictor.