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Sheffield United v Leeds United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

10:03 GMT 08/02/2018
Paul Heckingbottom
Chris Wilder’s Blades and Paul Heckingbottom’s Whites meet in a crucial play-off clash, and our tipster is expecting it to be a tight Yorkshire derby

Paul Heckingbottom faces a baptism of fire at Leeds United as they travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday for a grudge match with Sheffield United.

The ex-Barnsley manager was brought in by the Whites just two days after they fired Thomas Christiansen following a run of seven games without a win.

These two clubs ended 2017 as promotion hopefuls but have only won once in 2018 between them, and both require a huge upturn in form to salvage a top six berth.

Match odds

Chris Wilder’s men are 20/23 (1.87) with Betfair to do the double over their rivals, having won 2-1 at Elland Road back in October.

The Whites are 7/2 (4.5) to get their first win over their rivals since September 2010, while a draw is 5/2 (3.5).

Team News

David Brooks is out with glandular fever while Kieron Freeman has a knee problem, and Simon Moore is suspended so Jamal Blackman will likely deputise.

Ched Evans is in contention after recovering from an ankle problem that kept him out for four months.

Liam Cooper, Samuel Saiz and Gaetano Berardi are all suspended for Leeds while Luke Ayling is out injured for the rest of the season.

Leeds clean sheet?

Of the five changes of leadership in the Championship this season that have followed a defeat, four have resulted in that team attaining a clean sheet in their next game.

There is evidence to suggest that Heckingbottom will demand commitment and organization from his side after the 4-1 loss to Cardiff, therefore a Leeds shut-out appeals at 16/5 (4.2).

Tips and predictions

Similarly, Sheffield United have conceded just seven goals in seven but have struggled to find the net, scoring only six in that same timeframe. For our best bet therefore, we’re taking the 2/1 (3.0) on Under 1.5 goals.

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Under 1.5 goals 2/1 (3.0) for a 1pt stake with Betfair