Leeds United viewed as underdogs at Brighton with Seagulls trio more likely to score than Patrick Bamford

LEEDS United are seen as 'underdogs' for Saturday's Premier League clash at fourth-bottom Brighton despite sitting ninth and on a six-game unbeaten run.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 11:02 am
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 11:14 am

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites have just taken five points from their last three fixtures against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United yet can be backed at 11-4 at relegation-battling Brighton.

Graham Potter's Seagulls are only seven points clear of the dropzone yet are hovering around the even money mark to beat the Whites and a best priced 22-19.

The draw is on offer at 13-5 and Leeds no 9 Patrick Bamford is only fourth in the first scorer market at 6-1 to net the game's opening goal.

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ME AGAIN: Brighton's Neal Maupay, who scored the only goal in January's 1-0 win at Elland Road, above, is again favourite to score first in Saturday's reverse fixture against Leeds United at the Amex. Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

The home side's Neal Maupay (5s), the fit again Florin Andone (11-2) and Danny Welbeck (6s) head the list and four more Seagulls players follow Bamford in Aaron Connolly (7s), Andi Zeqiri (15-2), Leandro Trossard (8s) and Percy Tau (17-2).

Youngster Joe Gelhardt is rated the second most likely Leeds scorer at 9s but the same price as Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

No goalscorer, Jose Izquierdo, Sam Greenwood and injury doubt Rodrigo are all 10s.

There are some decent odds about other Leeds attacking threats such as Pablo Hernandez (12s), Jack Harrison (13s), Tyler Roberts (13s) and Helder Costa (14s) although Costa was absent from United's latest training video.

Brighton's Alexis Mac Allister is also 14s and the same price as Leeds youngster Crysencio Summerville, fresh from his first appearance on the Whites bench.

Mateusz Klich is 15s, the same price as Moises Caicedo, whilst Ian Poveda might warrant interest at 16s given the possibility that he could start.

Pascal Gross (16s), Adam Lallana (16s) and Jakub Moder (22s) are next in the list from a Brighton perspective whilst Whites duo Stuart Dallas (22s) and Gjanni Alioski (30s) are again big odds to bag the game's opener.

The same could also be said for Brighton's Lewis Dunk at 25s given his likely threat from set pieces whilst Ben White is 60-1 to net first against his former loan side and 25-1 as an any time scorer.

Rightly or wrongly, the bookies are envisaging a Brighton victory with even a 1-0 success for Leeds only sixth on the list in the correct score market at 13s.

A 1-1 draw heads the list at 33-5, followed by a 1-0 win for the hosts at 43-5 and then 2-1 Brighton at 9s before 2-0 to the Seagulls at 11s.

A goalless draw is next at 25-2.

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Thank you Laura Collins