Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur: Looking for Another lift at Leeds

leeds unitedOur stretch of away games takes us from Lancashire into Yorkshire for Saturday’s lunchtime kick off. Leeds United are the opponents and, having struggled at the wrong end of the table for much of the season, Marcelo Bielsa’s men are still in need of vital points that will guide them to safety.

Following the joy of winning away at league leaders Manchester City on Sunday, we were brought back down to earth again with defeat away to relegation threatened Burnley. Spurs are back on the rollercoaster and who knows what to expect from this trip to Elland Road?

Team News

There were doubts over Harry Kane’s inclusion ahead of Wednesday’s game at Turf Moor but our solitary striker was fine to take his place in the starting XI. Sergio Reguilon was supposed to sit that game out after contracting Covid but was subsequently well enough to take a place on the subs’ bench.

In fact, our only doubts for this Saturday are long term absentees Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga. Both are unlikely to feature but are close to fitness after lengthy lay offs.

Match Odds

Tottenham will start as favourites here and you can currently claim the away win at best odds of Even Money with BetFred and 10Bet. The draw is on offer at a top price of 3/1 with Betway while victory for Leeds United can also be found at a best of 3/1 – this time with BetFred.

Both sides were in action on Wednesday night: As Spurs travelled to Burnley, Leeds were just a few miles away at Anfield as Marcelo Bielsa’s side went down 6-0 to Liverpool. Saturday’s opponents are shipping in goals at an alarming rate, having gone down 4-2 to Manchester United last weekend.

The issue is whether Tottenham can take advantage after such a poor run. It’s another game where the neutral punters may well see some value in that home win.

Side Markets

There’s a familiar look to the first goalscorer betting with Harry Kane starting as clear favourite at 16/5 with 888Sport. Son Heung-Min follows on at 9/2 with Unibet while Leeds United’s first representative is Raphina who is on offer at 8/1 with Unibet once again.

Other options from a Tottenham perspective include Steven Bergwijn at 17/2 with Unibet, Lucas Moura at 9/1 with Ladbrokes and Dejan Kulusevski at 10/1 with VBet.

harry kane

Harry Kane

Moving away from the player markets, you can claim Both Teams to Score ahead of Saturday’s game at 6/11 with 10Bet and SportNation. This market commonly falls below the Even Money point but that may just be too short for comfort this week.

The alternative would be to back the ‘No’ option on BTTS and this would provide odds of 7/5 with Unibet and MansionBet.

Over in the Total Goals section, a stake Over the 2.5 line currently attracts 4/6 with QuinnBet and 10Bet. Once again, that looks a little too short and we could push to Over 3.5 goals for a price of 6/4 with Coral and Ladbrokes.

If, however, you think this will be a low scorer, you could opt to go Under the 2.5 goal line for odds of 3/5 with Ladbrokes and Coral once again.

We’ll finish as always with some Correct Score suggestions and the neutrals may see some interest in a 2-2 final outcome which is quoted this time at 11/1 with BetFred and QuinnBet. Those with a positive disposition could take the 3-1 away win which is on offer at 14/1 with 888Sport while a 2-1 win for Leeds rounds it all off at 11/1 with Coral.

Last Season

Interim manager Ryan Mason was in temporary charge for last season’s trip to Elland Road but it was a game to forget. Defeat on May 8th effectively ended our chances of finishing inside the top six and the 3-1 scoreline helped to end the season on a subdued note.

Stuart Dallas opened the scoring for the home side before Son Heung-Min pulled Tottenham level on 25 minutes. Goals from Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo put the seal on a miserable 90 minutes.

There are times when we arrive at this section and feel the need to swiftly move on and this is one of those days.

Verdict

tottenhamThis is another of those games where form and the depth within the squad will point to the away win. The match result betting tends to agree even if Spurs aren’t exactly a red hot, odds-on selection.

However, the club has been on an abject run of form and it’s hard to stay positive after four defeats in five league games. It would be marginally more encouraging if we’d lost to top six sides but that wasn’t the case.

We’ll try to stay upbeat but already it feels like the end of another season can’t come quickly enough. As for Saturday’s game, we’ll hope, rather than expect a high scoring win. Both Teams to Score looks too short for comfort so we’ll start with Over 3.5 goals at that 6/4 price.

We’d like to see Lucas Moura start the game: He’s been in patchy form lately but looks a stronger option than the inconsistent Dejan Kulusevski. It’s the type of game where Lucas can be productive so we’ll round off by backing at anytime goal for the Brazilian. Hopefully, his contribution will be one of many from within the Spurs’ camp.

Best Bets

  • Over 3.5 Goals at 6/4 with Coral
  • Lucas Moura to Score at Any Time in 90 Minutes at 16/5 with BetFred

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