Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Bristol City vs Leeds and provides us with his best bets for Sunday's Championship clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Bristol City v Leeds Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 04/08/19
- Time: 16:30pm
- Venue: Ashton Gate
- Channel: SkySports Football
Leeds are hoping to go one step further than last season and make their long awaited return to the premier league. Can they do it? Well the bookies certainly think so with the Whites priced up as favourites for the title in the antepost markets.
They were excellent last season, creating plenty of high quality chances and keeping their opposition to relatively minimal efforts. Marcelo Bielsa is renowned worldwide for his high energy, pressing approach with an intensity on turnovers high up the pitch where possible. A big reason their defence kept opposition chances to a premium was they rarely let teams have a free run at their backline because the pressure applied in the attacking half of the pitch allowed them to retrieve the ball in more attractive areas.
Unfortunately for them, they slipped out of the automatic places and into the play offs where they were cut apart by a decisive Derby at Elland Road. El Loco and co will no doubt be eager to right those wrongs and time their assault to perfection this time around.
They'll have to do without influential centre half Pontus Jansson after he moved to Brentford to bring in some funds to counteract FFP regulations. Him along with with fellow centre halves Aapo Halme and Paudie O'Connor moving on leaves the West Yorkshire side light at the back. Sure, Luke Ayling can slot in there if needed and Ben White has come in on loan from Brighton, but they must be looking at adding another centre half.
Bristol City have recently received a sizeable fee for centre half Adam Webster who has now moved to Brighton. Unfortunately for them it's come late in the window and if a replacement comes in they'll need a few months to settle in you'd think. They've also lost Lloyd Kelly who's moved to Bournemouth but it's credit to Lee Johnson who has improved these players by giving them regular minutes.
Bailey Wright and Nathan Baker are still at the club and are decent enough centre halves at this level and have played plenty of times before so I'm not hugely pessimistic. In midfield they've brought in Doncaster captain Tommy Rowe who adds depth in that department. Sammie Szmodics makes the move after impressing at Colchester for a couple of years now, he can bring something different off the bench, in a big fan of his.
They've got a good degree of continuity in their side and with players at a good age, they should be in the play off mix up once again this year.
New goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is out for the hosts whilst Antoine Semenyo is suspended. Adam Webster has moved to Brighton and will not be available.
Leeds are without defender Gaetano Berardi after he picked up a suspension last season against Derby.
Potential Bristol City Starting XI: Maenpaa, Hunt, Kalas, Wright, Da Silva, Pack, Brownhill, Rowe, Elliasson, Weimann, Diedhou.
Potential Leeds Starting XI: Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, White, Alioski, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Costa, Bamford.
Key Stats & Facts
- Leeds are unbeaten against Bristol City in 13 of their last 14 meetings.
- There has been 32 yellow cards and 3 red cards in the last 6 meetings between the two.
- Bristol City – 21/10
- Draw – 5/2
- Leeds – 7/5
This promises to be an entertaining game between two teams who like to play forward thinking football. I think the match odds are probably about right, possibly a tad disrespectful to the hosts but I'm going to swerve that market anyhow.
Instead I'll plump into the BetBuilder feature on bet365 and back both teams to score, each team over 3 corners and both teams over 1 card which equates to a 7/1 shot. Both sides will fancy themselves and it has an end to end feel about it. At 7/1 I think it should give you a decent run for your money.