Brighton and Hove Albion - Leeds United: Expect a tight clash on Friday night

Both sides have been struggling for form in the Championship in recent weeks and Willie Duncan believes that the Neil Warnock's men are capable of edging a close encounter here
Leeds United enjoyed a convincing 3-0 victory over Premier League side Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night and Neil Warnock will be looking for a repeat performance from his men when they travel to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday.

The Seagulls are without a win in their last six matches but, nevertheless, Gus Poyet’s side are chalked up as even money (2.0) favourites with Paddy Power to claim all three points against Leeds with the visitors available at 11/4 (3.75) with the same firm to bag a vital victory here. Paddy Power go 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in a draw.

Only goal difference separates these sides in the Championship table coming into this clash and all of the signs point to a tight match when they meet on Friday.

Prior to Leeds’ impressive 3-0 win over Southampton, Neil Warnock’s men managed just three goals from their previous four matches and, subsequently, they have failed to win any of their last three league fixtures.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, Brighton won five games in succession to catapult themselves up the Championship table but the Seagulls have collected just three points from their last six meetings, scoring a paltry two goals in the process.

It is clear, then, that both sides have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks and, therefore, the 4/5 (1.80) quote from Paddy Power for fewer than three goals to be scored offers outstanding value here.

If there are goals, Brighton and Hove Albion will likely hope that Scottish striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who netted six times in just four matches earlier this term, can rediscover his scoring touch.

Mackail-Smith has failed to score in any of Brighton’s last four encounters but the former Peterborough United striker can be backed at 5/1 (6.0) to bag the opener here.

Leeds United’s Argentine striker Luciano Becchio has eight goals in 13 appearances so far this term and he looks to be good value at 6/1 (7.0) to net first.

These sides could prove to be difficult to split, particularly with goals likely to be at a premium, and the 4/5 (1.80) quote from Paddy Power for fewer than three goals to be scored looks likely to be the route to profit here while it might be worth taking a chance on Warnock's men to deliver the goods again on Friday.

Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
Leeds United at 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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