The pressure has been on Leeds United chairman Ken Bates since he sacked Simon Grayson last month despite his side being just three points off the playoffs.
Even though their fans are demanding a high-profile replacement, caretaker manager Neil Redfearn started with an impressive 3-0 win at Bristol City and this weekend’s game against Brighton offers him a great chance to further stake his claim.
However, overcoming one of the hottest sides in the Championship will be no easy task and Leeds will have to be at their best to hand Albion their first defeat of the calendar year.
Even with the turmoil surrounding the club, Leeds are favourites at evens in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with an Albion win at 5/2 and the draw at 12/5.
With Brighton having re-discovered their scoring touch in 2012 it’s worth backing them to notch the opening goal for the seventh game in a row at 29/20.
One of the main reasons for Grayson’s downfall was Leeds’ inability to keep clean sheets, with last weekend’s shut-out their first in ten games.
But with Brighton having re-discovered their scoring touch in 2012 it’s worth backing them to notch the opening goal for the seventh game in a row at 29/20.
However, Leeds have shown a great ability to come up with late goals, scoring 16 times in the final 15 minutes of games this season, meaning lead-draw at 333/100 in the run of play market also looks good value.
New customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin would win £108.25 if Leeds do come from behind to earn a draw.
The Whites have been able to stay on the fringes of the playoffs by being the Championship’s third-highest scorers, which has also meant they’ve played in the third most games with over 2.5 goals and it’s 87/100 for them to do so again.
Yet Brighton’s recent success has largely been built on a strong defence which has conceded just three goals this year and with their form and the disruptions at Leeds, backing Gus Poyet’s side to win a game of under 3.5 goals looks the best option at 7/2.
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