All is not well for Leeds United right now. On the pitch, their form of late has been poor to say the least, and off the pitch, club captain Jonny Howson appears to be on the verge of a move to Premier League side Norwich City.
The departure of local-born Howson would be a major blow to the Whites as they aim for a top-six finish for the second season in a row.
The midfielder is a vital member of Simon Grayson’s team and it is probably no coincidence that United have only won once since Howson went off injured in the win over Millwall on December 3rd.
With their captain watching from the stands, Leeds have managed just one win from six Championship games, a succession of results that has seen them drop three points behind the play-off places.
Things have improved slightly in January, though, with a home win over Burnley and a point away to Crystal Palace sandwiching a valiant performance at Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Leeds will want this New Year improvement to continue with victory over Ipswich and they are priced at 67/100 to take all three points. You can get odds of 4/1 on the away side grabbing the win or plump for a draw at 13/5.
Statistics show that 70% of the total goals scored by both Leeds and Ipswich have come in the second 45 minutes of games.
Although it may not look too tempting at 13/5, the draw is probably the best bet for this clash on Saturday afternoon. Three of the last four fixtures between these sides at Elland Road have ended in stalemate and both sides drew last weekend as well.
A repeat of last season’s 0-0 scoreline is priced at 33/4 by bwin, but this result is unlikely given that well over half of the games that Leeds and Ipswich have been involved in this campaign have seen more than 2.5 goals.
With the odds of this happening at the weekend at 83/100, your money would appear to be very safe with this particular bet.
A slightly more profitable route to go down, however, would be to place your money on there being more goals scored in the second half than the first, with odds of 11/10 on this occurring.
Statistics show that 70% of the total goals scored by both Leeds and Ipswich have come in the second 45 minutes of games, so the chances of this happening are high.
New customers to bwin are entitled to a free £25 bet when they register and placing this on a successful bet at 11/10 would see a return of £52.50.
Although I have been talking up the draw, the Tractor Boys will be looking at their recent record over Leeds and thinking that they stand a strong chance of recording their first win since mid-December.
With their undefeated record over the Yorkshiremen currently standing at nine games, Ipswich will feel that a much-needed three points could be on the cards and if you feel the same then bwin is offering 14/1 on Ipswich repeating their 2-1 victory over the home side from earlier this season.
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