Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off in the Championship sees Burnley take on Leeds in a Lancashire v Yorkshire clash that never lacks bite.
The home side are struggling down in 18th place in the Championship but are favourites to win this one at 7/5 (Stan James – £150 free bets). Given they have one of the worst home records in the division, with just two wins from eight games, these odds may seem tight to some. Prior to the international break they lost consecutive games 3-1 and have lost five of their last seven in all competitions.
Simon Grayson’s Leeds side have a fine away record and so it may be something of a surprise to see them out at 2/1 (Victor Chandler – £75 free betting). They deservedly beat Leicester 1-0 away from home in their last match and have won three of the last four on the road.
Last season the Whites were the entertainers of the Championship, scoring (and conceding) goals for fun. This year they have continued in that vein, particularly away from Elland Road where their games average 3.38 goals. Over 2.5 goals looks a solid bet, especially considering Burnley’s similar goals record at home. Coral are going 8/11 for that and over 3.5 goals could also be worth considering at 9/5 with Sportingbet.
Burnley will certainly have the chance to get at the away side who, despite having tightened up at the back, still look weak in that department. They have Reading’s England Under-21 keeper on loan and that will help but there is no doubt that Eddie Howe’s side can score.
Charlie Austin has eight league goals this season and is widely available at 6/1 to open the scoring. Leeds’ Ross McCormack is available at the same price and he may be due a goal. McCormack has nine league goals but has not scored in the last six. A game that we feel has plenty of goals in it could be the perfect way for him to get back on the trail.