Leeds United

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Elland Road

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Sheffield Wednesday

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Elland Road

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  A Yorkshire derby that in years gone by has provided real steel, passion, and plenty of action with the three points paling into insignificance over the ability to claim local bragging rights – this season though, with both Yorkshire clubs having little to play for, pride is the only thing up for grabs at Elland Road.

Last time: Chris Wood struck midway through the first half to give the Whites the three points the last time the Owls made the short trip to Elland Road in a game which was notable for Jordan Rhodes missing a penalty for the visitors in last season’s Championship.

This time: Leeds United are 19/20 to win with Sheffield Wednesday at 14/5 and the draw 5/2.

You might remember: Way back in 1935 the two sides met in the top flight and Leeds put seven past Wednesday in an epic 7-2 victory. Despite that, Leeds could only finish 11th in the league with the Owls ending the campaign in 20th.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip across Yorkshire to face Leeds United at Elland Road in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday

Two sides desperate to give their fans something to cheer about as the season draws to a close collide at Elland Road on Saturday, which would normally be one of the picks for many people taking in football betting tips for the weekend. However, with a rich Yorkshire history, form will go out of the window and the football predictions for this game make for a spectacle of two former giants once again entering the gladiatorial ring.

Leeds are 19/20 to win the match and although the Whites have only won at home once in their last six, the rot must end soon. As they proved against Reading at the weekend, they are capable of scoring from nothing. Their cause is helped by the Owls’ dismal form and as highlighted in all of our Championship preview pages, travelling when in dire form often has negative consequences.

Sheffield Wednesday are 14/5 to win which looks a little short for a side who have only claimed three away wins all season. However, Leeds have lost six at home allowing some hope to creep into the Wednesday camp, but the football score predictions for this one may be better suited away from an outright visitor win.

The draw is 5/2 and that is where most of the match result value lies. Sheffield Wednesday are the draw specialists this season with 14 shares of the spoils and one of the best football betting tips is for the Owls to make it 15, especially considering Leeds have drawn three of their last six games.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is 4/5 and based on history and recent form, we are in for a low scoring Yorkshire derby. Only once in the last five meetings between the two has there been over two goals in a game, making the Championship predictions for this one featuring a match of little goalmouth action.

For the score to be 0-0 at half-time is 7/4 and that looks the best way to get a pay-out after 45 minutes. Sheffield Wednesday have only scored 14 goals away from home all season, whilst Leeds have only scored twice in their last three games, making a shutout for both sides at the break today’s football prediction with the most value.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

At least one side to fail to score, if not both. You have to go back five games and to 2015 for the last time both these sides found the back if the net in a contest with each other.

For at least one side to fail to strike is 10/11 and that looks like being one of the best football predictions of this weekend’s Championship games.

2

We fancy:

The double chance of Leeds and the draw is 2/7 and although it may be a little short, it does almost guarantee a payout.

The Owls have not won at Elland Road since 2007 and form suggests they will play for the point with survival still not assured this season.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

It is a real long shot but Sheffield Wednesday to win 3-0 is 40/1.

They have already done it once this season – albeit at Hillsborough – but the unpredictability of these two sides means anything is possible.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!