Bristol City v Leeds United - Match Preview & Betting Tips

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Leeds United are looking to resume their charge back to the Premier League
Leeds United are looking to resume their charge back to the Premier League

The visiting team, currently in 13th place, finds encouragement in their recent draw against top-tier Coventry last Tuesday. Liam Manning's tenure at the Robins has yet to gain significant traction, beginning with a draw against QPR in November. Since then, his team has tied six out of 16 matches. Victories have been sporadic, with a brief success streak in December, but the team struggled to maintain momentum after defeating West Ham in the FA Cup, drawing their next three matches. Yet, Manning's squad has gone four matches without a defeat.

A win for Leeds would propel them past Ipswich into the second position. However, Daniel Farke's team has struggled away from home, with as many losses as wins on the road.

Betting Highlights: ILIA GRUEV, who has started the last three league matches for Leeds, is expected to team up with Glen Kamara in Bristol. Despite Gruev's average defensive performance, his three yellow cards from limited play time make the 9/2 odds for him to receive a card attractive. Referee Stephen Martin, known for issuing 54 cards in 10 matches, will officiate the game.

Leeds enters the game on a four-match winning streak in the league and, after resting key players in the FA Cup, looks poised for Friday's match. The opportunity to climb to second place makes betting on their victory appealing. Patrick Bamford, in good form with four goals in his last five starts, is a key player to watch.

Team Updates: Scott Twine, Rob Atkinson, Kal Naismith, and Mark Sykes are out due to injuries for Bristol. Despite no new injuries from the Coventry match, two lineup changes are anticipated by Manning.

Leeds' manager, Daniel Farke, is likely to reintroduce Ross McCrorie and Tommy Conway to the starting lineup, replacing Sam Bell and Nahki Wells, respectively. After resting several players in the FA Cup, Farke is expected to bring back key players for Friday's match.

Match Insights:

  • Bristol City has struggled against Leeds United, losing 14 out of their last 17 league games, with their sole win since 2016 occurring under Lee Johnson.
  • Leeds has enjoyed success in their recent visits to Ashton Gate, winning their last three encounters, including a 3-1 victory in the 2019-20 season opener under Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Bristol City has a five-game unbeaten streak in Friday league matches since a loss to Swansea City in August 2021.
  • Leeds United has a perfect start in 2024, winning all four Championship matches for the first time since 1950, aiming for a fifth consecutive win, a feat last achieved in July 2020.
  • Patrick Bamford has been prolific in 2024, scoring four goals in six appearances, a significant improvement from his 2023 performance. He has also scored in both of his league appearances at Ashton Gate for Leeds.

Predicted line-ups:

Bristol City: O'Leary; Tanner, Vyner, Dickie; McCrorie, Williams, Gardner-Hickman, Pring; Knight, Mehmeti; Conway.

Leeds: Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Ampadu, Firpo; Gruev, Kamara; James, Rutter, Summerville; Bamford.

Our Football Betting Tips:

Correct Score - Bristol City 0-3 Leeds United - 12/1

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