Sunderland vs Leeds United Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Leeds United and Sunderland both remain unbeaten and have picked up five points through three games. Both sides win has come away from home, with the remaining points being a pair of draws that could have been so much more. Sunderland lead Wednesday for a long time midweek, whilst Leeds should have beaten Fulham.
Game: Sunderland vs Leeds United
Venue: Stadium of Light
Kick-off: Saturday, 19th August, 5.30PM
Leeds United have drawn their last two games 0-0. Whilst chances went begging in both games, Leeds fans would have been happy to see back to back clean sheets with Pontus Jansson back in the sides. Leeds had looked rather fluent going forward, beating Bolton 3-2 and Port Vale 4-1 in their previous games, but there were some clear issues at the back. Jansson’s presence seems to have addressed those and if Leeds keep creating, they’ll start scoring.
Sunderland have kept things tight having allowed only three goals in four games themselves this seasons, although their only clean sheet came in the League Cup. All three Championship fixtures have seen both teams score and the Black Cats would have been disappointed not to walk away from their fixtures with three wins having lead at Sheffield Wednesday and missing some guilt edge chances late on against Derby.
Bookmakers were struggling to split these sides, but a big drift in favour of the hosts have altered the odds today. Sunderland are currently 16/11 favourites with Unibet whilst Leeds United are 21/10 with Bet365. The draw can be backed at 9/4 with Bet365.
Leeds United survived a frantic first 15 minutes of pressure from Fulham before going on to dominate the rest of the game. Chris Wood missed one gilt edge one on one, and soon after was incorrectly flagged offside. Chris Wood was quite clearly onside as he chested down and volleyed home what should have been the winning goal. After a 15th minute shot that struck the post, Fulham had literally next to nothing in terms of clear chances for the remainder of the game.
Sunderland weren’t quite as dominant in an end to end tussle against Sheffield Wednesday but they did take their chance early on and lead for a large part of that game. Sunderland defended well under pressure in parts and stayed resilient at the end to avoid losing the game, but they did succumb to an equaliser early in the second half. All in all Sunderland may have felt they could have done more, but a point away to Sheffield Wednesday is reasonable.
Both sides have looked increasingly strong so far but its Leeds who seem to have the edge in attack and perhaps the better cohesion in defence. It should be another tight affair though, and Leeds will be keen to have learned lessons from their last two games and take their chances here.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Leeds United: Draw No Bet at 11/10 with Bet365
Leeds are off the back of a pair of 0-0 draws and Sunderland have seen both teams score in all three Championship games. In truth, Leeds should have scored late on against Preston and should have trailed in that game. Fulham were absolutely torn apart by Leeds in stages and should have found themselves 2-0 down, but it’s also a wonder that Fulham didn’t score in the first 15 minutes. Although scores as staying tight, there is the potential that these two sides can play an open and entertaining game.
Back our Score Prediction: Leeds 2-1 at 17/2 with Paddy Power
Leeds United’s star man Chris Wood has been criticised for missing chances in the last two games, but he scored and assisted in the season opener and was robbed of a goal by the linesman on Tuesday. Sunderlands attacking line-up doesn’t stand out as having one star and it will be a team effort if the Black Cats are successful this season. Chris Wood won’t go without a goal for too long and might get back amongst the goals here.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Back Chris Wood to score at 7/4 with Paddy Power