Leeds United vs WatfordEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Oct 2, 2021, Elland Road
LEEDS will be eager to put their first three points of the season on the board when they welcome Watford to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa's side lit up the Premier League last season but they have yet to hit the lofty heights that led to a top-half finish last term.
As a result, Leeds remain in the relegation zone so Bielsa and Co will be desperate to claim their maiden win of the season against newly-promoted Watford this weekend.
The Hornets have had a mixed start to their return to the Premier League, with two wins, one draw and three defeats after six rounds of fixtures.
That said, Xisco Munoz’s men stretched their mini unbeaten run to two games after fighting back to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle last Saturday.
Leeds haven't won any of their six Premier League matches this season but the bookies' odds suggest the wait is almost over, with a Whites win odds-on at 13/16 with SBK.
Watford have avoided defeat in each of their last five matches with Leeds but the visitors from Vicarage Road are rank outsiders on Saturday at 19/5 (SBK) while the draw is an unfancied 3/1 (SBK) with the same firm.
It's difficult to have much faith in either team here so I'm going to steer clear of the outright betting and instead dip into Bet 365‘s Bet Builder.
Combining over one match goal, over seven match corners and each team to see at least one card will bring about a 7/8 shot a Bet 365.
Each of Leeds' six Premier League outings this term have produced two or more goals, while all but one of Watford's fixtures thus far have featured two or more match strikes.
What's more, neither of these two teams have managed to keep clean sheet this season so I'm more than happy to side with over match goal combined, but I'll also throw over seven match corners into the equation.
The hosts' 11.58 match corner per game average was the highest of any top-tier side last season and the early signs are that will continue, with Leeds games averaging 11.00 flag kicks per 90 minutes this term.
To round off the Bet Builder and boost the odds up to 7/8 (Bet 365) I'll also back each team to go into referee Simon Hooper's notebook.
Both teams have seen at least one card in all of six of the Whites league outings this season, while the Hornets are averaging a joint league-high 2.33 cards per-game.
It's also worth noting that the aforementioned combination has clicked in all six of Leeds' Premier League matches this season and that only adds to the appeal of supporting the same formula in West Yorkshire this weekend.
I'll also jump into the player card market and take the 7/2 on offer with UniBet for Leeds left-back Junior Firpo to have his name taken.
The former Spain Under-21 international could be given the thankless task of trying to shackle Watford speed machine Ismaila Saar on Saturday, the most fouled player in the Championship last season, and with that in mind, the above-mentioned qoute looks a little bit too big to me.
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