This is the big game for the Championship weekend as it features second-placed Leeds taking on third-placed Sheffield United. Leeds are two points ahead of the Blades. Will Leeds be able to defend their position in the table, or even strengthen their shot at a top-two finish? Or will yhe Blades make a big move by leapfrogging them? Read our Leeds v Sheffield United betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 14th, 2019 at 10:17 p.m.)
Leeds are on a three-match winning streak in the league after a 3-0 success out at Reading last weekend. That was their third clean sheet in a row as well. So it is going really well for them at the moment. This is a tough game for them against third-placed Sheffield United. Leeds are on a three-match winning streak at Elland Road in the Championship. Overall this season Leeds are W12 D3 L3 on home soil in the second tier. So that has been a very good return. Their scoring has gone well at an average of 1.8 goals per home game.
Leeds have conceded at under a goal per game at home this season. In total, they have earned a clean sheet in 44% of games at Elland Road. Both teams have scored in 50% of games there. In their last home game, they produced a stunning 4-0 home win over West Brom. Leeds have scored 62% of their home goals in the second half of matches. Just two sides in the division have a better home record than Leeds.
Leeds earned a 1-0 away win at Sheffield United earlier this season
The Blades were on a three-match winning streak over the Whites before that
Leeds have won one of their last four at home against United
The Blades have won five of the previous nine previous Championship meetings
The Blades are bang in form in their own promotion push as well. They have taken back to back 2-0 wins over Bradford and Rotherham in the division. They are currently undefeated in their last nine games, home and away in the division. Away from home, they are on a four-match undefeated streak, part of an overall W8 D5 L5 road record this season. They have had their struggles away against the stronger sides though it is worth noting. They are W1 D3 L4 in their eight away games against sides currently in the top half of the table.
Sheffield United have scored an average of 1.5 goals per away game this season while they have taken a clean sheet in 33% of their away games. The Blades have drawn three for their last four on the road and have taken just the one victory in their last five away from Bramall Lane (D1 L1). Four of their five away defeats suffered this season have been by a one-goal margin. They have a great half time away record of W7 D9 L2. 62% of the away goals they have conceded have been in the second half of matches. They currently boast the second-best defensive record in the division.
Big games like this often fail to get going really and therefore the most likely outcome is the draw. It most certainly is a game that neither are going to want to lose and caution may win out at the end of the day. Draw.
15th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Leeds got themselves a good win away at Bristol City on the weekend to keep up the pace with leaders Norwich. They are back out on the road in midweek as they make the trip to Reading. The Royals have done well with back to back wins to keep themselves just away from the relegation zone. Read our Reading v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 11th, 2019 at 6:38 p.m.)
The Royals have hit a nice bit of form with back to back wins under their belt. Those were victories over Wigan and Ipswich, two of the five sides who are currently beneath them in the table. So while they are still with relegation concerns things have improved drastically for them. They have lost only one of their last eight played now in the Championship (W3 D4) and that lone defeat was away at promotion-chasers Sheffield United. Their home form for the season is at W6 D4 L8.
Reading are undefeated in their last five league games at the Madejski, winning three of those. So they may well test the patience of Leeds in this one. The Royals have scored 1.4 goals per home game on average this season. 61% of their league fixtures at the Madejski have ended up over 2.5 goals. Reading have earned just the three clean sheets on home duty this season. In fourteen of their league games, this season the Royals have been 0-0 at the half time break.
Leeds were 1-0 home winners over Reading earlier this season
The Royals are W2 D1 L1 in their last four against Leeds
Reading are unbeaten in three at the Madejski against the Whites
Both teams have scored in two of their last nine meetings
Leeds have won back to back league games as well after edging out a 1-0 win at Bristol City on the weekend. That is back to back clean sheets which they have earned as well. This season on their travels in the league Leeds are at W9 D4 L5. Their away form hasn’t been super hot recently as they have gone W2 D1 L3 in their last six away from Elland Road. Strangely enough, the Whites have has bigger struggles away against sides in the bottom half of the table than those in the top half.
Leeds have scored well at an average of 1.6 per road game this season, and they have taken a clean sheet in 28% of their away games. 56% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals and both teams have scored in 67% of their road fixtures. Seven of the nine away wins that Leeds have recorded this season have been by just the one goal margin only. They have been sitting level at the halftime break in 11 of their 18 away games. Leeds have scored 71% of their away goals in the second half of fixtures.
Leeds look to be back on top of their game at the moment and they can make the midweek trip and get another three points behind them. An away win and under 2.5 goals has a decent amount of appeal as a solid proposition.
11th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Bristol City’s bubble has been burst after their long winning streak and now they are looking to find their winning touch again. They start the weekend in the top six but things are tight there. They get a tough visitor to Ashton Gate as second-placed Leeds come for a visit. Read our Bristol City v Leeds betting tips for more.
Bristol City 19/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 6th, 2019 at 6:14 p.m.)
After their big seven-match winning streak, Bristol City have taken just the one point from their last three league games now. When that momentum stops it is hard to get it back. In their last home game, the Robins lost 2-1 against Birmingham who are a top ten side. They have to try and recover their form now against second placed Leeds. Bristol City are W7 D5 L5 at home this season in the Championship. The loss against Birmingham snapped a seven-match unbeaten home streak they were on.
Just 35% of Bristol City’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals. That is because they have been, in large, good at the back. The Robins have been level at the halftime break in 10 of their 17 home games with 76% of their home goals having been scored after the half time break. Even though their form has gone they have put together a 16 match scoring streak in the Championship, including in each of their last eight at home.
Leeds took a 2-0 home win over Bristol City earlier this season
Leeds are undefeated in four against the Robins (W3 D1)
Bristol City have won just one of their last six at home against the Whites
Three of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Leeds ran rampant last weekend in a big 4-0 home win against West Brom, who are also on a promotion push. That was some result and it kept their hot streak of form at home going. Leeds suffered a shock defeat in their last away game though as they were beaten by QPR at Loftus Road. This season Leeds are W8 D4 L5 on their travels and strangely enough, three of those defeats were against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Leeds are just W1 D2 L3 in their last six on the road.
They have scored well at an average of 1.6 per road game though, but there will be concerns over the goals they have been connecting lately. Their win over West Brom was their first clean sheet in eight league games, home and away. The Whites have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last six on the road now. Leeds have been level at the half time break in 11 of their 17 away games. They have scored 74% of their away goals in the second half of matches. Leeds have actually only opened the scoring in five of their seventeen away games this season.
Bristol City have just lost their way and even though Leeds haven’t been great on the road recently, their big win over West Brom last weekend should have reinstalled some great confidence. They may be able to earn all three points.
8th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Leeds had an upset in midweek as they were beaten out at QPR. That saw them miss the chance to back to the top of the Championship table. It was their game in hand over the two above them. So they have to rebuild in this tough home game against West Brom who are only a place behind them in fourth. Read our Leeds v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 19/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
A win for Leeds in this one would open up a seven-point lead over the 4th placed side in the division. At this stage of the season that would be huge. Leeds had started to up their form with back to back league victories, but that was unravelled in a 1-0 loss at QPR on Tuesday night. They will be searching for home comforts on Friday night as Leeds are W11 D3 L3 this season at Elland Road in the Championship. They have won their last two there, both 2-1 successes over Swansea and Bolton.
Leeds have averaged 1.65 goals per home game this term, while they have conceded under a goal per home game on average. Less than half of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals. They have had their wobbles lately. They are W3 L2 in their last five home games, for example, one of the losses against current leaders Norwich. Leeds are now without a clean sheet in seven, home and away. They have conceded in each of their last three at home. They do have the joint best home record in this season’s Championship.
West Brom thumped Leeds 4-1 at the Hawthorns earlier this season
The Baggies are on a four-match winning streak against Leeds
Leeds are winless in five against Albion
Five of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Baggies lost a big clash against Sheffield United on the weekend, a 1-0 home loss suffered against the Blades. While that leaves West Brom’s home form in a little bit of disarray, they have continued to go well on their travels. West Brom have won their last four on the road now in the Championship and three of those were with a clean sheet as well. West Brom have actually gone W8 L1 in their last nine league away games. That’s some away form.
They have an overall away record of W10 D3 L4 and they averaged 1.7 goals per away game. West Brom have scored at least two goals in five of their last seven on the road as well. They are currently on a nine-match scoring streak on their travels. West Brom have been level at the break in 9 of their 18 away games this season (W6 L2). They currently boast the best away record in this season’s Championship and only current league leaders Norwich have scored more. A win keeps them in touch with the top three.
Leeds will have their hands full at Elland Road against the tremendous away form of West Brom. Both had their wobbles last weekend and there isn’t going to be too much to choose between them. West Brom look value to avoid defeat though.
27th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
QPR are on a big losing streak of form at the moment but despite that, they still have a fairly comfortable cushion between themselves and the drop zone. As for Leeds, back to back wins has seen the stay in touch in the title race. Read our QPR v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 24th, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.)
It’s a horrible time of things QPR are having at the moment. They are now on a seven-match losing streak in the division. They suffered a 2-0 loss at Middlesbrough on the weekend. To be fair, each of their last three have been against current top-six sides. The overall home form of QPR is W7 D2 L7 for the season. The R’s have lost each to their last three on home soil in the league, going winless in four at Loftus Road. That having been said they have scored at least two goals in six of their last eight league home games. Overall they have netted 25 home goals this season in the league in their 16 games.
So the defence is obviously a problem here for QPR. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six league games and in seven of their last eight. So there’s the rub. But that only has been a recent demise as they have earned a clean sheet in 38% of all league home games. 62% of league fixtures at Loftus Road have gone over 2.5 goals. The R’s have opened the scoring in seven home games. Only three sides have claimed fewer home points in the Championship than QPR have.
Leeds earned a 2-1 home win over QPR back in December
QPR then took a home win over Leeds in a January FA Cup meeting
Leeds are on a three-match winning streak against QPR in the league
Four of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Leeds have taken back to back league wins, both of them 2-1 successes over Bolton and Swansea. That leaves them undefeated in their last three league outings and well in touch with the title race. Leeds hold as W8 D4 L4 record on their travels in the Championship this season. It hasn’t been going that smoothly for them away from Elland Road recently as they are W1 D1 L2 in their last four road fixtures. Leeds average 1.7 goals per away game this season.
Defensively they have earned a clean sheet in a quarter of their away games. Both teams have scored in 75% of their road fixtures. Leeds have scored in each of their last eight league games. They have netted in every single away game in the league this season. The Whites have been level at half time in 10 of their 16 road games. Of the goals which they have scored on their travels, 74% of them have occurred in the second half of matches. Only three teams have a better away record than Leeds have this season in the Championship.
This could be an entertaining games. It’s worth expecting goals at both ends of the pitch, but the away win looks the best option in terms of the result. Leeds have hit a bit of form and QPR are in a rut.
25th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
This will be a big top-five clash in the Championship for the weekend. There are big points at stake. Leeds are just struggling to hold their form together at the moment with four losses in their last six, but head into the weekend in second place. Middlesbrough have the chance to strengthen their place in the play-off places. Read our Middlesbrough v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 6th, 2019 at 11:32 p.m.)
Boro have shown some good form lately, in the Championship at least. We say that because they were dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Newport in midweek. Anyway, Boro are W4 D2 L1 in their last seven league games so it has been a good return from them. Their record at the Riverside this season is W6 D5 L3 but they have been off the boil a bit there lately. They have posted just the one victory in their last five home fixtures (D2 L2). However, Boro have produced a W3 D1 record at home against current top-eight sides this season.
They have been a bit lean in front of goal with them having averaged exactly one goal per game. Their defence has been a big plus for them though as they have shipped at an average of 0.64 goals per home game, which is fantastic. They have taken a clean sheet in 57% of home games. Each of their last four at the Riverside have ended under 2.5 goals and overall on home soil, just 14% of their games have gone above that goal line. Boro are head and shoulders the team with the best defensive record in the Championship.
There was a 0-0 draw played out at Elland Road between them in August
Things are even at W1 D2 L1 in their last four league clashes
Both teams have scored in just one of the last eight league meetings
Leeds have won just one of their last five against Boro
Leeds have seen four defeats come their way in their last six league fixtures. They are still in a tight tussle for top spot though. They had suffered back to back away games before collected a 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Rotherham in their last away game. Overall that leaves them at W8 D3 L4 on their travels this term. Leeds have been scoring well, having produced 26 goals in their fifteen away games. 67% of their road games have gone over the 2.5 goal line. Playing its part in that is Leeds having conceded at an average of 1.4 goals per road game.
Leeds have scored in all of their away games this season, but they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last four away from Elland Road. Of the goals which the Whites have produced this season on their travels, Leeds have scored 73% in the second half of fixtures. Only Middlesbrough and Norwich have better away records this season than Leeds have in the Championship. The Whites have the joint fourth-best offence and fourth-best defensive record in the tier. They just need to start getting some consistency back into their game.
Leeds have failed to score in four of their last five games against Boro and we feel that Boro’s defence can hold them at bay again. This is an important clash for both of them and they may cancel each other out. Draw.
7th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Leeds have really gone off the boil in their push to win the Championship this season. They have lost three of their last four games now and have allowed the chasing pack to close right up to them. They do get an easier looking game in this one as they face the struggling Rotherham who are hovering just above the drop zone. Read our predictions for Rotherham v Leeds.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 24th, 2019 at 00:31 p.m.)
The Millers suffered a heavy home loss against Brentford last weekend making it back-to-back league defeats for them. Rotherham have lost five of their last six Championship fixtures. They have collected just one victory in their last 12 league games, home and away combined. The lone win in that sequence happened back on January 1 with the Millers getting a 2-1 victory over Preston. Overall this season Rotherham have posted a W5 D6 L3 record at home. 43% of their home games have ended over 3.5 goals and both teams have scored and 64% of their home fixtures.
Rotherham have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last eight home fixtures in the league and they haven’t earned one in any of their last 14 overall home and away. One small positive for them is that they have scored exactly 2 goals in each of their last two home league games. Of the 19 goals which they have scored at home, 13 of them have been in the second period of fixtures. Just three times have Rotherham been leading at half-time at home this season. Rotherham have opened the scoring in eight of their 14 home games this season but only four teams have recorded worse home records in the Championship this season than Rotherham have done.
Leeds secured a 2-0 home win over Rotherham earlier this season. Leeds are currently on a three-match winning streak against Rotherham
Rotherham have won two of their last three home games against Leeds, both 2-1 scorelines
Leeds have won four of the last five Championship fixtures between the two sides
Leeds have to try and play their way out of a slump in form as they have lost three of their last four league games. Leeds lost out at Stoke last weekend, leaving them with back-to-back defeats away from home as well. Before the little slump had set in Leeds had won three in a row away from home. Leeds have scored a total of 24 away goals this season in the Championship which is an average of 1.7 per game. A third of their road games have ended up over 3.5 goals with Leeds taking a clean sheet in 29% of away games.
Of the seven wins that Leeds have taken away from home this season, five of them have been by a one-goal margin only. Leeds have been level at half-time in nine of their 14 away games this season. The Whites have scored in all 14 of their away games played this season so that is a big positive trend. Of the away goals that they have put on the board 71% of them have been after the half-time break fixtures. Just five times have Leeds opened the scoring away from home this season. With 24 points earned away from home this season, Norwich with 25, are the only side to have earned a better away record than the Whites have done.
Leeds to win: It has not been great stuff from Leeds but they have to have a reasonable shot at taking three points out of this one. We are going to predict the away win and both teams to score in the fixture.
24th January 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Leeds will return to Championship action on Friday night looking to bust themselves out of a mini-slump. The league leaders have lost back to back games and now their lead over Norwich is down to two points. Derby continues in a tough run of games as they look to try and strengthen their place in the top six. Read our Leeds v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 7th, 2019 at 7:10 p.m.)
Leeds suffered a loss at Nottingham Forest in their last league game
That is back to back league losses they have suffered now
Their home form in the Championship is W8 D3 L2 this season
They were on a four-match home winning streak before losing to Hull in their most recent home fixture
Leeds have lost just one of their last eight league home games
Just 38% of league games at Elland Road this season have gone over 2.5 goals
Leeds have averaged 1.6 goals per home game this season
The Whites have banked a clean sheet in 46% of their home games
Just twice this season have Leeds failed to score in a league home fixtures
Leeds have not been involved in a league draw in their last eleven played
They have been level at halftime in six of their thirteen home games
The Whites have scored 71% of their home goals in the second half of games
Home and away combined Leeds have no clean sheet in four games
Leeds have the best home record of all Championship sides currently
Only Middlesbrough have conceded fewer league goals than Leeds have
There was a big 4-1 win for Leeds out at Derby back in August
Leeds have lost only one of their last four against the Rams (W2 D1)
Derby won their last visit to Elland Road 2-1
Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings
The Rams earned a point in a draw against Middlesbrough in their most recent league game
That has left them with only the one league defeat in their last seven played
Derby’s away record for the season stands at W6 D2 L5
So far in their four away games against current top four sides the Rams are W2 D1 L1
Derby won their last away game, a 4-3 win at second-placed Norwich
The Rams have alternated between a wing and a draw in their last five
62% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals
They have managed get just one clean sheet on the board this term away from home
Derby have averaged 1.5 goals per away game this season
Both teams have scored in 77% of their away games
Derby have scored in each of their last eight Championship away games
The Rams have conceded six goals in total in their last two away fixtures
Home and away combined the Rams haven’t gotten a clean sheet in any of their last four on the road
Leeds have had a good season on home soil and as well as Derby have done in their tough run of games, it is still going to be a difficult trip to Elland Road to get points out of. We are backing the Whites to bounce back at home.
8th January 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Nottingham Forest v Leeds Championship Preview, 1st January 3.00pm
Nottingham Forest suffered a defeat on the weekend which moved them out on to a five-match winless streak of current form. So things aren’t quite working for them at the moment and they play host to league leaders Leeds in midweek. Leeds had their big winning streak snapped though as they were beaten at home by Hull on the weekend. Read our Nottingham Forest v Leeds betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 2:58 p.m.)
Forest are without a win in five games after a loss at Millwall on the weekend (D2 L3)
They have scored in just one of their last four league games
Forest have suffered back to back defeats on home soil against Preston and QPR
Their overall home record for the season is W5 D4 L3
They have tallied just the thirteen goals on home soil this season
Defensively they have done alright though with under a goal per game conceded on average
There has been a clean sheet for Forest in 42% of their home games
Forest have been level at the break in six of their twelve home games
Each of their last five Championship home games have ended under 2.5 goals
Forest have scored 62% of their home goals in the second period of games
They have shipped eight of their ten home goals conceded after the halftime break
Only two sides have conceded fewer league goals than Forest have done
Nottingham Forest have opened the scoring in two-thirds of their home games
There was a 1-1 draw between them at Elland Road back in October
The last two league meetings have ended in a draw
Leeds are undefeated in four against Forest (W2 D2)
Forest have won one of their last four at home against Leeds (W1 D3)
Both teams have scored in two of the last six meetings
League leaders Leeds lost 2-0 at home against Hull on the weekend
They were on a seven-match winning streak before that
Leeds are on a good three-match winning streak away from home
Their away record for the season is strong W7 D3 L2
Leeds have won four of their last five on the road
They have averaged 1.75 goals per away game this season
Their half time away record is W2 D8 L2
Leeds have scored in all of their away games in the Championship this term
They had scored in 18 straight games before their loss against Hull on the weekend
They have now conceded at least two goals in each of their last three played
Leeds have scored 67% of their away goals after the halftime break
Leeds are the top away side in the division this season with 24 points collected
Middlesbrough are the only side to have conceded fewer league goals than Leeds
The resolve of Leeds will be tested now after that home defeat on the weekend. They are good enough to bounce back though against a Forest side who are just totally hit and miss at the moment. Away win.
31st December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Leeds have continued their hot hand of form to stay top of the Championship table after beating Blackburn on Boxing Day at Elland Road. They stay at home on the weekend as they welcome Hull. The Tigers have put together some really nice form lately to ease any relegation worries. Read our Leeds v Hull betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
Leeds scored two very late goals at home on Boxing Day to beat Blackburn 3-2 at Elland Road
That was their seventh straight Championship victory in a row
That also left them on a four-match winning streak at Elland Road in the league
Leeds have tallied 21 goals at home this season
Their record at Elland Road in the league this season is W8 D3 L1
They have conceded only the eight goals in that run of games
Less than half of the league games at Elland Road have gone over 2.5 goals
It has been a clean sheet in 50% of their home games this season
They are without a clean sheet in two at home in the second tier though
Leeds have scored in each of their last their eighteen league games
They are unbeaten in seven home fixtures at the moment
71% of their home goals scored this term have been in the second half of games
They have opened the scoring in seven of their twelve home fixtures
Kemar Roofe has scored five goals in his last four home games
Leeds have won three of their last four home games against Hull (L1)
Leeds earned a 1-0 away win at Hull back at the start of October
Hull are winless in five against Leeds (D2 L3)
There have been just two goals scored in the last three meetings
Leeds have won their last two at Elland Road against Hull
The Tigers are in good form after beating Preston in midweek
They are now on a three-match winning streak in the second tier
Hull are undefeated in six league games now (W4 D2)
Their away record is W4 D3 L5 this season
They have won only one of their five away games against current top-twelve sides
Hull are W3 D2 in their last five away games
After such a poor start t the season they are W6 D3 L1 in their last ten league games
They have totalled 16 away goals this season, conceding 20
33% of their away games have gone above 3.5 goals
The Tigers have been leading at half time in five of their twelve away games
Hull have scored at least two goals in each of their last five league fixtures
The Tigers do only have the one clean sheet on their travels this season though
They have conceded in each of their last four goals
Leeds should get a challenge here because Hull are scoring well and have some positive form about them. But Leeds showed great character on Boxing Day and we are predicting the home win & both teams to score.
27th December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting