After overseeing Leeds’ second Championship win of the season against Bolton last time out, Neil Redfearn is bidding to augment his claims to land the Elland Road manager’s post permanently with victory at Birmingham.
The Whites are ranked as underdogs by some margin in this fixture; their 12/5 dwarfing the 11/10 attributed to the home team, even outstripping the 11/5 rated draw.
But despite the doubt cast over their aspirations of success, Leeds and Redfearn rate a good bet to claim the laurels in the second city.
New customers to open an account at bwin.com can claim up to £30 as a free bet and they shouldn’t be perturbed about staking it on the visitors here with the potential reward of £72 waiting if they get the job done.
Here’s why they will:
No side was worse on their own patch than Birmingham last season.
The Blues’ atrocious record at St Andrews very nearly condemned them to a place in League One, with a paltry 14 points registered on the homestead, four shy of the next lowest amount in the division.
In total, 13 teams paid them a visit and won, a densely populated club of which Leeds are subscribed members.
They claimed six points from the pair’s meetings last term.
Leeds may not be far from on song, but their next adversaries aren’t exactly laying the second-tier to waste.
Lee Clark’s men are a point worse off than their west Yorkshire foes and have tasted victory just once in seven across all competitions.
They come into this one having scored three times in their last four in response to the ten goals they conceded.
Of Leeds’ last nine wins, six came in batches of two.
This season the three-time English champions followed up victory over Accrington Stanley in the Capital One Cup by despatching Middlesbrough.
They did the same to Barnsley after beating Blackpool and to Yeovil immediately after slaying Huddersfield last term.
Three points seem to come in pairs for the Elland Road club and if this pattern continues they’re set to claim the spoils this weekend.