Leeds United v Watford: Best odds for the big game

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WATFORD look the percentage call at 13-10 to cement their promotion push with victory at Elland Road on Saturday.

We’ll keep this week’s betting preview brief as we basically had it right off last week when backing the Whites at a mouth-watering 6-1 to win at Middlesbrough. Happy days.

With United having already felled three of the Championship’s top four at Elland Road this season in Derby, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, plenty will be tempted to back Leeds at 23-10 to defeat sixth-placed Watford with BetVictor.

But 13-10 about a Hornets side that tend to either win or get beaten could be a decent wager.

Saturday’s visitors are one of five teams within two points of each other vying for a play-off spot and Slaviša Jokanović’s side will have their tails up after Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at home to Rotherham.

And for all that, 14th-placed Leeds have improved enormously of late under Neil Redfearn, the fact remains that Saturday’s sixth-placed visitors are 18 points higher up the table.

It is hoped, from a supporter’s perspective, that United’s 2-0 loss at Brighton was merely a minor blip in an otherwise fantastic run but you’d obviously be happier investing a wager on Leeds on the back of a victory.

There were still doubts over the fitness of both Sam Byram and Steve Morison on Thursday and Redfearn himself admits the club are in need of reinforcements, especially in midfield. Maybe the good work is catching up with them.

And while another fine home win would not surprise, the gut feeling is that the momentum is with Watford whose in-form Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra head the first scorer markets at 11-2 twice and 13-2 respectively.

Ighalo has been Watford’s first scorer in five of their last seven games so he makes plenty of appeal at those odds.

It’s pointless speculating about who might net for United as we don’t even know who will start up front in light of Morison going off injured at Brighton though the gut feeling is he’ll be back in the side.

He’s 7-1 to net first – the same price as Billy Sharp and Mirco Antenucci with Edgar Cani 8s.

But the main two bits of advice are Ighalo to net first and a win for Watford who have won six of their last eight, losing the other two.

At 5-2, perhaps they are due a draw?!

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Watford to win at Leeds – 13-10 with various firms.

Odion Ighalo to score first – 11-2 with Betfred, BetVictor and Coral.

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