Championship title-chasers Leeds United have suffered from a recent dip in form but look to have a great chance to get back on track when welcoming Bristol City to Elland Road on Saturday. The home side are expected to breeze through.
Leeds chasing automatic promotion
Leeds United fans find their club, once again, involved in the promotion race at this point of the season. They know their famous club have a real chance of winning the title but would be happy enough to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League by finishing second. A playoff place is the very last they want to see achieved.
The problem with the recent good form of Leeds is those loyal to the Elland Road cause have seen it all before. Leeds have been absent from the top-flight for far too long and have thrown away promotion from a similar position as they’re in now. Nothing is decided in February and there will be no backslapping or congratulations dished out in the dressing room until spring.
To give themselves the best chance of reaching the promised land of the Premier League, Leeds United must win their home games, especially against teams lower than themselves in the pecking order. That’s exactly what they aim to do here when welcoming Bristol City to town.
Visitors lost last time
Bristol City have been thoroughly impressive in the opening exchanges of 2020 and have themselves in a position poised to strike for a promotion playoff place. They may not be one of the major names in the division, but they are an ambitious lot and possess the consistency needed to challenge for the top six prizes.
Their winning run ended last weekend when beaten by Birmingham City at home. That was a match they were expected to take three points from but, on the day, they were out-fought, out-thought and out-played by an opponent who wanted it more and were willing to put it all on the line. That result put paid to a fair share of accumulators.
What lessons did Bristol City learn from that defeat? They were reminded of just how competitive this division is and of the fact they can take nothing for granted, even at home. They are in with another tough side and have been written off by many followers of the Championship.
Leeds vs Bristol City prediction
On paper, this promises to be an entertaining game. Leeds have home advantage and play their best football at Elland Road but are a difficult team to nail down due to their scrappy form and lack of consistency. A home win will be popular, but it’s certainly not a given.
Those looking to take an interest in this match but would prefer to avoid picking a winner can probably be confident in the possibility of both teams to score. There should be many scoring chances created during the 90 minutes of play.
Championship betting odds
Leeds United are 4/9 favourites to win at home against the 18/5 for a draw and 57/10 of their opponents. That shows traders expect a strong victory for the local side.