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Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United Betting: Promotion candidates capable of opening campaign with win

13:00 EAT 04/08/2017
Chris Wood Leeds United
Our tipster thinks that Thomas Christiansen's men are good value to dampen the hosts' spirits when they take on the newly promoted Trotters on Sunday

The opening round of fixtures of the new Championship season concludes on Sunday afternoon as Bolton Wanderers welcome Leeds United to Macron Stadium.

Wanderers are back in the second tier having secured automatic promotion from League One last term and Phil Parkinson would dearly love to see his side open the campaign with a win against the Whites.

Bolton can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) with bet365 to start the season with a home victory, with 23/10 (3.30) that the Trotters are forced to settle for a share of the spoils from their Championship curtain-raiser.

While Wanderers would be satisfied by consolidating their place in the second tier of English football this season, Leeds are aiming for automatic promotion, with new manager Thomas Christiansen expected to build upon the foundations put in place by Garry Monk last term.

Monk took Leeds to within a whisker of a play-off place before departing for Middlesbrough earlier this summer, but, despite the former Swansea City boss moving on, the club's fervent following will demand that Christiansen delivers.

Leeds can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) to take their first step towards fulfilling those lofty ambitions by picking up all three points from this weekend's match.

United's star striker, Chris Wood, was the Championship's top scorer last term with a hugely impressive 27 league goals for the Whites and the New Zealand international will hope to open his account for the season in this match. 

bet365 go 100/30 (4.33) that Wood grabs the opening goal of the game, while the same firm offer 11/10 (2.10) that the forward finds the net at any time.

Bolton would love to call upon the services of such a prolific striker as they prepare for life in the Championship. Parkinson's side have failed to find the net in three of their last four friendly matches, although the Trotters were on target in a 2-1 home defeat against Stoke City last weekend.

The odds compilers offer 2/1 (3.0) that Leeds keep a clean sheet against Parkinson's team, with 7/10 (1.70) that there are fewer than three goals scored when these rivals lock horns on Sunday afternoon.

With Leeds looking to lay down a marker, however, better value may lie in backing Christiansen's charges to take all three points from their opening Championship fixture at a generous 6/4 (2.50).

Leeds United to win at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1pt stake with bet365