Burnley vs Leeds United Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
There are a few obvious storylines written in the stars ahead of Leeds United’s League Cup trio to Burnley on Tuesday, with the Yorkshire club selling at the time top scorer and prize asses to Sean Dyche’s men.
Game: Burnley vs Leeds United
Venue: Turf Moor Stadium
Kick-off: Tuesday 19th September, 7.45PM
Leeds United fans must have felt some concern for the season ahead as Chris Wood was snatched away with just a week until the new season began. A flurry of well-scouted signings that had already arrived at the club made the blow smaller, but there was still the small matter of replacing Wood, who has already two well-taken Premier League goals for Burnley.
Whilst there was no doubt the midfield would be talented enough to assist, there was still lingering fears that United were short up front. The late signings of Cibicki, Grot and Pierre-Michel Lasogga addressed that, and given the start the big German in particular has made, United fans must actually be thrilled that Burnley took Wood off their hands. Wood’s performances for the Clarets so far means that transfer may just have been a win-win.
Gone is the one dimensional, one plan game that was played under Garry Monk, and in it’s place is a free flowing, attractive style that Leeds fans haven’t seen for some time. Applying that style against the organisation and Premier League quality of Burnley will be a big test, and the involvement of Chris Wood is bound to add a layer of atmosphere.
Burnley are favourites to progress in 90 minutes at best odds of 4/5 with Sky Bet. The draw can be backed at 13/5 also with Sky Bet, and Leeds are a nice price at 13/4 with Unibet to spring a surprise.
Despite the odds this has the feel of a game where anything could happen. Surprising Burnley is not beyond Leeds, and the involvement of Chris Wood may motivate the Whites. Wood himself will no doubt want to score against his old team, and despite being a starter for Burnley may be included from the off with that thought in mind.
Burnley have a solid home record that extends to cup competitions, with Dyche’s men toppling City, Everton, Liverpool, Leicester, Spurs and United in their past couple of Premier League spells, and thinking back to their last promotion campaign were extremely strong defensively against Championship sides.
Leeds United may find themselves pinned back more than they’ve been used to of late, but they’ve found a nice defensive balance. The Whites haven’t allowed a goal in well over 600 minutes (before facing Millwall on Saturday), so this could be a bit of a chess match in stages.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals at best odds of 9/10 with Betfred
Extra time is a possibility in any cup game and with neither side having anything to lose should they trail, and the possibility of this being a cagey game, a 1-1 draw is a sensible prediction.
Back our Score Prediction: Back a 1-1 draw at 6/1 with Bet365
Chris Wood might be the obvious selection here purely due to how commonly we saw strikers come back to haunt their old club. Whilst you’d think he might be included though, there really is no guarantee, and likewise Christensen is likely to rotate. It’s hard to put your finger on a goal scorer here, but George Boyd should feature and has scored a lot of goals against Championship clubs in his career.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Back George Boyd to score at odds of