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Leeds United vs Watford: Betting Preview

George Dempsey takes a look at some of the best odds for our game against Watford.

Leeds United hope to bounce back from their dismal showing in midweek in home comforts this afternoon, as Watford visit Elland Road in a 3pm kick-off.

All the talk in the build up to the game, pretty much as always, has been about the takeover talk and all these 'possible' 'developments'.

I'd rather focus on the issues that need addressing on the pitch and yet another home win would be a good way to start. Leeds are priced at 2.25 with Coral, Watford at 3.60 with Betfred and in my opinion the more likely draw is priced at 3.61 with Bet365 and decent value.

On paper you may call it a game we should win but I've seen nothing in the last few weeks to suggest anything positive when it comes to the league. It sounds negative, and I'm not just a boo boy who does a runner when we lose, but I'm playing with money here a bit requires a bit more honesty rather than just a generic 'go back Leeds' every week.

After some tough games away from home Watford have shown they are capable of standing up to a big crowd, ad a good side, and of course did take a comfortable 2-0 victory from Elland Road last season.

Even in victory in defeat this season, Watford have had the stubborn resilience to stick with teams for most of the games, but ultimately lack the cutting edge to finish a game off themselves. A 90th minute Jordan Rhodes strike downed them on their last away outing.

Talking of top strikers, whilst pointing out the suggestion of Austin to score first for the more optimistic, longer odds punters landed midweek, I still think Becchio is the one of you're going to go for a scorer against a suspect defence that doesn't flatter themselves on corners, and that's at 2.40 with Bet365.

In their stubborn ways Watford have very rarely trailed any game at half time, no including their last 7 despite not winning half of those.

It makes the price of evens for the game to level at the half time break very appealing, as I do think Leeds must be slightly low on confidence right now and we're clearly posing less of constant goal threat as we were a few games ago. Obviously it's just a spell, but it needs to be considered carefully.


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The two I've gone with really rely on Watford being stubborn once again and Leeds not finding their way again, at least not in the first half.

I've gone for *most goals in the second half* which is priced at evens at most places. I've also gone with *half time: draw* which is at the more valuable price of 2.25 with Bet365.

Good luck, all.