March 14, 2014

Burnley vs Leeds United

The fixture attracting the most interest this weekend is that of Leeds United’s visit to Turf Moor to take on second placed Burnley.

Leeds have shipped 9 goals in their last two games, a 4-2 defeat to reading and 5-1 to Bolton, both surprisingly at Elland Road, and have not won in their last 5 games since beating lowly Yeovil at Huish Park 2-1. They have only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 games, winning one only one of their last 8 games going up a Burnley side that are unbeaten in their last 13 games in the championship, their last defeat coming to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day.

Brian McDermott may begin to feel the pressure, and Jimmy Kebe is expected to compound Leeds’ problems by being unavailable. Warnock, Peltier, Wooton and Cameron Stewart are all in contention to return, having been dropped following the defeat to Bolton. Burnley may be without high flying Danny Ings, who has been on fire with 25 goals this season, which could mean a first start for Ashley Barnes, signed from Brighton in January.

Despite all this, Burnley have only won two of the last six meetings between the two sides, losing the other six. Their only other win since 2006 was 1-0 at home last season.

Leeds should rally from their last two defeats, and with a good historical record against Burnley, the draw offers some value. Bet 365 offer 14/5 on the draw, with Bet Victor offering 13/2 on 1-1. Matt Smith to score the first goal is 10/1 with Bet365.  

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