Leeds United and Middlesbrough kick-off the weekend’s Championship action in style with an early top-of-the-table clash at Elland Road.
After dropping just two points apiece in their first five league games, these teams are two of the favourites for the title. Indeed, Leeds are 7/2 (4.5) with SportPesa to make top spot while Boro are 4/1 (5.0).
The West Yorkshire outfit are 6/5 (2.2) to extend their home league winning run to five games, stretching back to the end of last season.
Middlesbrough impressed in their last Championship outing, a 1-0 home victory over West Brom, and are 12/5 (3.4) to extend their winning run to five games.
A draw, which would preserve the unbeaten record for both sides, is 47/20 (3.35) .
Captain Liam Cooper is expected to be fit, but Pontus Jansson and Gaetano Berardi have performed well at centre-back and could keep their places after a 3-0 win at Norwich. Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw are injured.
After assisting Daniel Ayala’s winner in a cameo appearance against West Brom, Everton loanee Muhamed Besic could make his first league start of the campaign.
Roofe is on fire
Kemar Roofe looks a reborn player under Bielsa with four goals in his first five Championship starts, and the former Oxford forward is 8/5 (2.6) to bag anytime.
Alternatively, Mateusz Klich has scored more goals than any central midfielder in the Championship thus far and can be found at 15/4 (4.75) to score at any point.
For the visitors, Aden Flint is a centre-back notorious for his goalscoring ability – he has scored a hat-trick in his career – and is a tempting 11/2 (5.5) to score on Friday night.
Preview and predictions
Middlesbrough look set to keep a lot of clean sheets this season and it would be foolish to underestimate them, but Leeds play a unique brand of football and while Bielsa’s side are in the Championship, they should usually be backed.
Our best bet therefore is the 23/10 (3.3) on a home win with over 2.5 goals.Leeds to win and Over 2.5 goals 23/10 (3.3) for a 1pt stake with SportPesa