Leeds United 2-1 Blackburn (Chris Wood, Kyle Bartley)
Preston 3-0 Cardiff City
Kick Off: 12.30, 17/09/2016
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Head-to-head: Cardiff City 2-0 Leeds United, Leeds United 1-0 Cardiff City, Leeds United 1-2 Cardiff City, Cardiff City 3-1 Leeds United, Leeds United 0-1 Cardiff City
* Leeds United to win @ 5/2
* Over 2.5 goals @ 23/20
* Kalvin Phillips to score the last goal (check prices)
* Leeds have won two of their past three away games as well as triumphing last time out at home
* Four of Cardiff’s past five fixtures have seen at least three goals scored
* Kalvin Phillips bagged an 83rd-minute consolation in Leeds’ 3-1 loss to Nottingham Forest last time out on the road
A look at Cardiff City’s betting odds
The Bluebirds will surely look on Garry Monk‘s struggling visitors, who sit just four places above Cardiff in 18th, as an easy mark in their battle to escape the relegation dogfight, but no doubt they’d have thought something similar ahead of the recent 3-0 loss at lowly Preston.
Paul Trollope looks to be under almost as much pressure as his opposite number in the Welsh capital, having overseen just one win since taking over during the summer and seeing his new side crash out of the EFL Cup at the first hurdle at the hands of old employers Bristol Rovers.
They’re fairly warm favourites in the betting at odds of 21/20, but that doesn’t look like the best option in that market…
A look at Leeds United’s betting odds
Manager-eating Italian businessman Massimo Cellino is thought to be on the verge of making Monk the sixth managerial casualty of his not yet three-year Elland Road reign so far, despite the former Swansea chief’s clear progress.
Losing 1-0 at home to Championship leaders Huddersfield a week ago was no disgrace, and the 2-1 win over Blackburn last time out was Leeds’ third triumph in their past five all-competition fixtures.
With Monk clearly desperate to hang on to his second chance in management, having left the Liberty Stadium with the Swans struggling in the Premier League last December, his Whites look primed to make it two wins on the spin
For a side bet, keep an eye out for Kalvin Phillips’ last-scorer odds, as the Leeds-born midfielder has come off the bench four times in the past five matches and scored last time out on the road against Nottingham Forest.