Unprecedented Leeds United boost expected with new Whites prediction amid fresh rivals doubt

Leeds United are expected to get another big boost in their promotion bid.
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An unprecedented new Leeds United boost is expected amid a fresh Whites prediction with more doubt about a particular promotion rival.

Leeds saw their run in this season's FA Cup ended by a last-gasp 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and attention now turns back to the league with Saturday's lunchtime kick-off at Huddersfield Town.

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United are approaching the contest sat in the division's second automatic promotion position on goal difference and the bookmakers confidently expect the Whites to record what would be a club record tenth league win in succession at the Terriers.

Huddersfield sit 19th in the Championship table under new boss André Breitenreiter and Leeds are strong odds-on favourites to leave with a victory that would put them three points clear in second and just three points behind leaders Leicester City, for a few hours at least.

Leeds are no bigger than 4-7 for victory in Saturday's Yorkshire derby for which Huddersfield can be backed at 11-2 despite being on home turf. The draw is on offer at 17-5.

Leaders Leicester, third-placed Ipswich Town and fourth-placed Southampton are then all involved in Saturday afternoon 3pm kick-offs from which the bookmakers expect all three teams to take three points.

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Leicester are 4-11 at home to QPR who can be backed at a huge 9-1 to leave the King Power with a victory. The draw is 17-4.

Ipswich are 4-6 shots at Plymouth Argyle who are given a definite squeak at 4-1 with 10-3 about the draw.

As part of fresh doubt about Southampton, the Saints are rated the most likely of United's automatic promotion rivals to slip up in being only marginally odds-on favourites at Birmingham City who are just 3-1. The draw is a similar price at 31-11.

Successful predictions from the bookies would mean the top-four staying the same and the odds-makers confidently expect the Whites to seal automatic promotion in second place.

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In the very latest markets after United's FA Cup showing, Leeds are clear second favourites for a top two finish at 1-2, miles behind Leicester at 1-20 but comfortably ahead of third favourites Ipswich at 9-4.

Southampton are currently three points behind both Leeds and Ipswich and the Saints are consequently as big as 8-1. Leicester are 1-3 to win the division but Leeds are far from ruled out at 4 and now as short as 10-3 with some firms. Ipswich are 13s and Southampton 33s.

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