Things are not well at Leeds United. No points from their first two games, an underwhelming summer in the transfer market and protests against owner Ken Bates have not made for a positive start to the season.
What is surprising is that it comes at a time when the club seemed to be on an upward trajectory.
Having finally achieved promotion from League One after three seasons, they followed it up with a commendable seventh-place finish in the Championship last year.
So fans will have expected a few high quality additions to the squad who could help the club push on towards a promotion campaign.
But after defeats to Southampton and Middlesbrough, and assertions that the wage bill is already excessive, they have drifted to odds of 33/1 for the title.
What is needed to ease the tension is a win. However, their next opponents are Hull City, who, after a 1-0 win at Ipswich, are developing a reputation as a formidable away side. On a run of just one defeat from 19 on the road, they will travel to Elland Road confident of enhancing that record.
As it stands, the match is priced up at 13/10 for Leeds, 39/20 for Hull, and 9/4 the draw, and those looking for clues will note that last season’s matches both finished 2-2. With the same score available at 25/2 this time around it is surely worth a couple of quid.
A £25 free bet on a 2-2 draw, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £337.50.
However, with both teams scoring only once in the league so far, and the growing sense of concern at Leeds, this may turn out to be a tight one.
Leeds will welcome striker Andy Keogh into the squad after he signed on loan from Wolves, but they will be without Luciano Becchio, Billy Paynter, David Somma and the suspended Max Gradel, so they look limited going forward. Because of that, odds of 13/5 for Leeds not to score look very tempting.
Indeed, the smart money is on a settled Hull City side, spearheaded by Matty Fryatt, to pinch the game 1-0 at odds of 9-1, making Simon Grayson’s 300th game in charge of Leeds a miserable one.
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