Leeds United v Sheffield United Betting: First goal to be crucial in tight Yorkshire derby

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Thomas Christiansen’s Whites host Chris Wilder’s Blades in the Championship at Elland Road tomorrow night, and we're backing at least one clean sheet

Leeds host Sheffield United on Friday evening as West Yorkshire meets South Yorkshire in what could be a key promotion clash at Elland Road.

Due to the Blades’ six-year exile in League One, they last played at Leeds as far back as September 2010 when the hosts won 1-0, their only victory in nine previous meetings.

However, the Whites have lost four of their last six Championship games but will hope that Saturday’s 3-0 triumph at Bristol City, helped by midfielder Ronaldo Vieira’s performance, marked the end of their blip.

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Thomas Christiansen’s side are 6/5 (2.20) to secure back-to-back league wins, while a draw between two evenly-matched teams is 23/10 (3.30); here could be value in siding with Chris Wilder’s men, who have taken three more points (24) than any other Championship team since 17th August and are 9/4 (3.25) for victory.

Five of their nine wins this season have come with a clean sheet, while Leeds have failed to score in three of their four defeats, therefore the stats indicate a probability of 31% for an away win to nil, yet the 9/2 (5.50) on offer implies a likelihood of 18%.

If Leeds do find the net, the most likely scorer is Samuel Saiz, who has scored eight goals in 13 appearances in all competitions and is 23/10 (3.30) to add to his tally.

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Sheffield United’s current top marksman Billy Sharp - who is available at 15/8 (2.88) to score anytime - has been his side’s top scorer in the last two full seasons in what is his third spell at the club, and scored his fifth goal in nine league starts against Reading last week.

We can expect the first goal on Friday to have a huge impact as the two teams having won 16 of the combined 17 games in which they struck first, and equally, neither have taken a single point in the combined seven games that saw them concede the opener, scoring one goal between them.

Therefore, the evens (2.0) available on both teams not scoring holds appeal, as while it covers the possibility of a 0-0 or a Blades win to nil, the bet will also come off if Leeds achieve victory without conceding - as five of their seven wins have been this season.

Both Teams To Score - No at evens (2.0) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power