Leeds United

Leeds United vs West Bromwich Albion

, KO: 19:45 Mar 1, 2019, Elland Road
West Bromwich Albion

LEEDS have picked a bad time to suffer a wobble, with a run of five defeats in 10 games knocking them out of the Championship's automatic promotion places.

The latest loss was one of the most damaging as it came against a QPR side that had suffered seven league defeats in a row.

That has led to snipers suggesting that Marcelo Bielsa's high-intensity pressing game is tiring his players out just at the time they need to speed towards the finishing line.

Bielsa rubbished such claims after Tuesday's defeat at Loftus Road, insisting a lack of energy wasn't the problem, but he needs a win against West Brom to back up his theory.

The Baggies promise to be difficult opponents as Darren Moore's men were in excellent form before their defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United last time out.

In their four games before that loss, West Brom racked up 10 points from 12 and they can move to within a point of Leeds with a win at Elland Road.

Having been in the play-off positions for most of the season, Moore's side can still make a push for automatic promotion and a victory here would be huge.

West Brom were pretty poor against Sheffield United, with 38-year-old Gareth Barry looking a spent force in midfield and their attack powder puff, but the goals had been flowing before that.

The Baggies had netted at least twice in their three games running up to the Blades clash and with Leeds sure to play their usual attacking game, there could be a few thrills in this one.

The net bulged five times when these sides met earlier in the season, with West Brom dishing out a 4-1 thrashing, so back over 2.5 goals at 23/25 with Marathonbet. To stretch the odds further, you can get 9/4 with Unibet for over 3.5 strikes.

With Leeds in poor form, West Brom look overpriced at 119/50 with Marathonbet, especially when you factor in that heavy win in the reverse fixture and the fact they have been better on their travels this season. If you want to play it a little safer, the Baggies are 37/25 with the same firm in the draw no bet market.

There promises to be a cracking atmosphere, with the West Brom players paying for buses to take their fans to Elland Road. But which stars can help put a few quid in your pocket?

Both teams to score looks a pretty safe bet but sadly the best odds available are 5/7 with 188 Bet. For better value, try backing most goals to be scored in the second half at 11/10 with Paddy Power. In the 4-1 game earlier in the season, every goal came after the break and that suggests things will open up again here.

West Brom are sweating on defender Ahmed Hegazi and forward Jacob Murphy and boss Moore will be hoping both key players are fit to feature.

Leeds will be without Kemar Roofe again after his knee injury and that's a huge blow as he has scored some huge goals for Bielsa's side this term.

In his absence, Pablo Hernandez looks the best shout for United in the anytime scorer market at 31/10 with Unibet. For a Baggies scorer, try Jay Rodriguez at 21/10 with the same firm.

This match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion will be played on Mar 1, 2019 and kick off at 19:45

Leeds United vs West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips & Predictions
West Brom draw no bet
37/25
Marathonbet
Over 2.5 goals
23/25
Marathonbet
Most goals in second half
11/10
PaddyPower

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