Huddersfield v Leeds Betting Tips: John Smith’s Stadium to witness a high-scoring encounter

12:00/Feb 05

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.

This Yorkshire derby between promotion rivals Huddersfield Town and Leeds United is arguably the most tantalising match, not only in the Championship, but in the whole of England on Sunday.

These two sides are right in the play-off hunt and sit 4th (Leeds) and 5th (Huddersfield) in the table respectively with a gap of six and eight points between them and 7th place. Both have been in excellent form recently with just one defeat in their last nine league games each, making them the two most in-form sides in the division, each taking 19 points from their last eight league matches. If they keep these runs of form up then there is no reason why they will not be in the play-off places come the end of the season.

This Yorkshire duo like to score goals having scored a total of 76 in 57 league matches whilst they have both registered on the scoreboard in all but one of their last ten Championship games.

Leeds are certainly the more defensively reliable with their Goals Against statistic of 28 the third best in the Championship. Additionally, Garry Monk’s team have kept 11 clean sheets in the league so far this campaign. Huddersfield, on the other hand have the second-worst defensive record in the top six whilst they have kept a clean sheet in just 25% of their matches.

Whilst there are a lot of similarities between these two this season, where they completely differ is their home and away form in recent matches. David Wagner’s Terriers have not lost in any of their last five Championship matches at the John Smith’s Stadium, winning four of them whereas Leeds’ form on their travel in their last five reads L, W, D, L, W.

In terms of a result either way, this isn’t the easiest game to call, however, one thing which I think is rather predictable is goals – both teams will likely score. The goal stats in relation to Huddersfield’s home form pretty much confirm this:

a) Huddersfield have conceded at least one goal in 79% of their home matches.

b) Huddersfield have scored in 93% of their home matches.

Furthermore, Leeds have not kept a clean sheet away from Elland Road in all competitions since 22nd October.

‘Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals’ at 13/8 is definitely a good bet at the prices given the statistics and is a result-neutral market to boot.

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