Leeds United v Brighton Betting Preview – 18/03/17
Leeds United v Brighton Betting Preview
In our Leeds United v Brighton betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.
The evening kick off on Saturday this weekend in the Championship we see Chris Hughton take his Brighton side on the long trip up to Elland Road to face Garry Monk’s Leeds United. This could be a huge game changer at the top of the table, especially in terms of automatic promotion. These two met in the reverse fixture back in December on a Friday night when Leeds made the trek down to the AMEX Stadium. The Whites were always in for a tough encounter against a strong Brighton side who are sublime at home. Especially when Kalvin Phillips was shown a straight red for handling in the area, this let Glenn Murray put the Seagulls ahead from the spot and Leeds had to play with ten men. They had a couple of half chances which on another day they might have taken, but they gave away a second penalty with just eight minutes left to play. Kyle Bartley was adjudged to have fouled Lewis Dunk and Tomer Hemed stepped up to convert the penalty.
Huge three points up for grabs for Leeds
The home side Leeds United head into the visit of Brighton hoping that they can use their solid home form in order to come away with something from this one. The Whites have had a fantastic season so far, but it’s coming down to the crunch time and it is vital that they make the most of their home games and solidify their place in the top six. The current situation sees them sat in fourth place in the table, five points adrift of Huddersfield Town in third and two points ahead of Reading in fifth. They’ve got a five point cushion between them and dropping out of the play-offs, so a defeat here wouldn’t be the end of the world. But three points would be huge. They’ve lost just once at Elland Road in their last nine outings so they certainly have a chance. A disappointment for them though, is that right back Luke Ayling misses out due to suspension.
On Saturday afternoon last weekend they welcomed Ian Holloway’s QPR who are actually the most in-form side in the division. The R’s, they took the game to the hosts and could have even felt slightly aggrieved that they didn’t come away with more than a point. As expected the Whites had all of the ball but they didn’t manage to muster a single shot on target as the visiting defence stood firm. Conor Washington had the best chance of the game but Rob Green made a fine save on his 600th league appearance. Alfonso Pedraza had the hosts’ best chance but Alex Smithies was quick to react to the danger.
Defeat could be disaster for Brighton
The away side Brighton go into the trip to Leeds United knowing that it is absolutely vital for them that they come away with at least a point here. There’s no doubt they are more than good enough to come to Elland Road and win, but losing isn’t an option. They’ve spent pretty much all of this season inside the automatic places, neck and neck with Newcastle United. But if they lose here, their could be a new kid on the block. The current situation sees them sat in second place in the table, level on points with Newcastle top spot. However Huddersfield are six points behind them with a game in hand. Meaning if Brighton lose here and Hudds win at Bristol City, they could go level points with the Seagulls. Hughton’s boys have won twice in their last seven away games, but those two have come in their last three.
On Friday evening they welcomed Derby Count to the AMAX Stadium in what turned out to be Steve McLaren’s final game in charge of the Rams. Winger Anthony Knockaert fired the Seagulls ahead after just five minutes with a low 20-yard effort into the corner. Then right on the stroke of half time their lead was doubled with a cool finish from Sam Baldock. Glenn Murray rounded off the performance with a third on 78 minutes. This turned out to be the straw that broke the camels back as it was McClaren’s last game in charge.
Brighton to win (Best Priced on WilliamHill at 7/5) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals (Best Priced on 188bet at 8/11) – BET HERE
Anthony Knockaert to score anytime (Best Priced on bet365 at 11/4) – BET HERE
Watch the highlights from Brighton’s 3-0 win over Derby here: