Leeds has had a tough run of English Championship matches in recent weeks but United gets some relief from the fixture computer with Birmingham travelling to Elland Road.
Last time out Leeds has the misfortune to be the first team to face Derby under the management of former England boss Steve McClaren. Other recent assignments for Leeds have included home matches against the English Championship’s frontrunners, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers. Basically, Leeds has had a tough time of it in the last six weeks.
Horses appreciate a drop in class and that is what Leeds will get when Birmingham rolls into Elland Road. Birmingham is four points behind Leeds on the English Championship ladder and its away record is dreadful. Birmingham has lost all its road games this season versus teams other than Yeovil, whom it has met in both league and cup action.
One would be surprised if Leeds does not finish the English Championship well above Birmingham so the odds of 2.15 that Coral are offering about United beating the Blues are more than fair. Leeds should be around 2.00.
Partick’s promising beginning to life back in the Scottish Premiership is becoming a distant memory so back Inverness to retain its grip on second place behind champion-elect Celtic with a home defeat of the Jags, a very predictable eventuality that is available at odds of 1.85 with Winner.
Having lost only one of its first five matches back in the Scottish top flight, Partick has picked up only two points from its last four games in the league and three of those fixtures were at home. Momentum is everything in top-level sport and Patrick’s impetus has waned in recent weeks.
Inverness boasts the Scottish Premiership’s only 100 per cent home record and, what is more, Caledonian Thistle has won its four matches in front of its own supporters without conceding a goal, including a 2-0 victory over third-placed Motherwell. Inverness boss Terry Butcher has his distractors but his achievement in guiding Caledonian Thistle to third in last term’s Scottish Premiership was outstanding, as is his feat of overseeing their fine start to this term.
In the Spanish La Liga it is fairly generous of Bet365 to offer odds of 1.75 about Getafe either winning or drawing its away game against Granada. Getafe finished last season five points and five positions above Granada and the former has built a five-point lead over the latter in the first eight rounds of this term. Getafe has played itself into form, winning its last three Spanish La Liga matches and four of its last five. In that time Getafe has beaten Betis, Celta and Osasuna at home, as well as Espanyol on the road.
Granada’s results over the last month or so are not in the same league as those of Getafe, with the best collateral form line featuring Espanyol. Granada lost 0-1 to Espanyol at home, whereas Getafe defeated the Budgies 2-0 away. What also makes the Getafe double-chance bet attractive is that Granada has failed to score in five of its eight Spanish La Liga games this season so one would expect that the home team would not run away with the match at any point.
Finally, the Italian Serie A clash between Fiorentina and Juventus is one of those top-of-the-table games for which it is difficult to make a strong case for either side. Some bookmakers have got the draw as the outsider of the three possible results and, although it is hard to be confident about a draw, it does leap off the coupon as the value option at odds of 3.30 with BetVictor.
Last term’s corresponding Italian Serie A game resulted in a goalless draw that bored the living daylights out of those unfortunate people who watched it. There were a total of six shots on target and three corners in the entire snoozefest.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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