Leeds v Birmingham betting preview

Leeds 6/5

Birmingham 49/20

Draw 11/5

A hard-fought 0-0 league opener was followed by injury heartache in the Cup, but any lingering disappointment at Wednesday’s home reverse to Oxford should have long vanished by the time the gates of Elland Road come into view on Saturday afternoon.

If one of the season’s big away trips doesn’t provide motivation enough, Leeds’ 3-0 drubbing at the hands of QPR last weekend certainly should, while Blues should feel confident of getting another positive at a ground at which they won 2-0 last term.

Indeed, with just one defeat in their last six visits to Elland Road, Gary Rowett’s men could be one of the value away bets of the weekend.

There have been 16 goals in that sequence of matches so a decent game should be in prospect, with over 2.5 goals at 13/10 looking a particularly solid selection and both teams to score also a tempter at a shade over Evens.

Jacques Maghoma sealed the win in this last year and is just over 5/1 to score anytime, while first scorer odds see Clayton Donaldson and James Ward at 13/2.

For the home team, last season’s 13 goal man Chris Wood is a 21/5 chance to bag the opener, along with Marcus Antonsson at 9/2 and Kemar Roofe at 19/4.

Prediction: 1-2 12/1

Bet of the day: Away win 49/20

Outside punt: Jacques Maghoma to score the last goal in an away win

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