Leeds United came desperately close to securing a play-off place in the Championship last season, with Simon Grayson’s team having spent much of the campaign in the top six before dropping out at the final furlong.
The manager declared himself pleased with the fact that Robert Snodgrass and Max-Alain Gradel remain at Elland Road to help drive the Yorkshire team forward into another promotion push and Victor Chandler offer odds of 5/2 that Leeds make a flying start by winning at St Mary’s.
Even so, it would not have been an opening fixture that Leeds would have chosen considering that Southampton were promoted from League One last term and the Saints will be looking to carry some of that momentum into the early stages of their campaign back in the English second flight.
Nigel Adkins’ team are 13/10 (William Hill – £30 free bets) to win the match on Saturday evening and the manager has put his faith largely in the squad that helped propel them to this current level, including the talented Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The youngster is 9/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring, although it was Rickie Lambert who bagged a hatful last term and the former Bristol Rovers forward can be backed at 11/2 (Skybet) to get his side up and running.
Gradel scored 18 for Leeds last term and the Frenchman is a 15/2 chance with Coral to break the deadlock in this televised game, while this is a match where it is easy to see plenty of goals scored and bet365 offer 4/5 about Under 2.5 Goals.