Leeds v Birmingham22/09/2018 15:00
Charlton v Plymouth22/09/2018 15:00
Leicester v Huddersfield22/09/2018 15:00
Sheffield Utd v Preston22/09/2018 15:00
West Brom v Millwall22/09/2018 15:00
Will Huddersfield ever beat Leicester? Not at the King Power. In their last nine H2H meetings, Leicester have won eight and drawn one, while scoring 25 goals and scoring at least two in eight of those matches.
Leicester still have a decent threat going forward, even after losing Mahrez to City. They were torn open by Bournemouth last week, but the Cherries are in fine scoring form at the moment, especially at home.
Leicester will be keen to keep a clean sheet in this one, but Huddersfield have scored in their last 3 away matches. But, I cannot see the Terriers scoring twice though, and I see Leicester getting two or more in this one.
Huddersfield have conceded two or more goals in 11 away games, and have already conceded 11 goals this season. The Terriers poor form stretches back to just one win in their last 15 matches while scoring just five goals.
Charlton goes into this match in fine form, with three wins in a row. Conversely, Plymouth are rock bottom with no wins, 3 draws and five losses so far. They have only managed four goals so far while conceding 14. Compared to Charlton who have scored 11 goals while conceding 8. But, they managed to keep a clean sheet against Fleetwood and only allow Peterborough to get the one goal.
Plymouth are without a goal in their last three league matches, and they are not showing signs of improving anytime soon. In fact, they have conceded an average of 1.75 goals in the league, and it should be a fairly comfortable win for Charlton.
Charlton have the seventh-best defence in the league, conceding an average of one goal a game. But Plymouth have the worse offence with just 0.5 goals scored per game.
Sheffield United have failed to score in their last two matches, but we expect that to change this Saturday. Before the Bristol City loss, they had won four games in a row, beating Villa, Bolton, QPR and Norwich.
Preston have been just awful so far this season. They have only won one match this season, and haven’t scored a single goal in four away matches. They have conceded two or more goals in their last six matches. They are now winless in their last seven league matches, with 2 draws and five losses.
Sheffield will be keen to get back to their winning ways, and this looks like the perfect match for it.
The Baggies will be licking their lips at the sight of facing a poor away side in Millwall. They have an abundance of attacking talent in their team and look like they can score 2+ goals in every match. The attacking talent of Rodriguez, Gayle, Barnes and Phillips is deadly in front of goal, with 17 goals between them in eight matches.
West Brom have been shaky in defence, but they could manage a clean sheet against a poor looking Millwall. Millwall have managed just three goals in their past five games while losing four and drawing one. They could get a goal here, but even then West Brom will have more than enough firepower to simply outscore them.
Can Birmingham make it five draws in a row? We hope not… Leeds are without a few key players, but they did not need them in the rampant 3-0 win over Preston, in which they could have scored more.
Birmingham have been tough to break down, but if any team is going to finally beat them, it is Marcelo Bielsa’s dynamic Leeds. Birmingham have won just one of their last 23 away matches, losing 12 and drawing 10. Man, they love a draw.
But at 4/5, I see real value in backing a Leeds win in this one. They drew two games after losing in the cup, but their display against Preston was back to one of their best, and we expect it to continue into this match.
Birmingham managed two draws in their past two away matches. But they faced a Forest and Sheffield United that were struggling in the final third and really should have done better. Before that, they lost to Bolton and Middlesborough, only conceding one goal, but losses nonetheless.
Leeds could be a potential coupon buster, but I think they will be able to unlock this stubborn defensive team and get a goal or two.
Steven is the product manager on BettingLounge and is an experienced iGaming writer who has been working in the industry since 2018.
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