Championship: We’re spying this 12/1 punt on Leeds v Norwich

The biggest game of the Championship season takes place on Saturday as table-toppers Leeds welcome Norwich to Elland Road and we’ve got a bet for you…


Leeds to win – 5/6

Neither side comes into this colossal clash in red-hot form, with Norwich only winning once since Christmas and Leeds losing three of their last six league games. Leeds appeared to steady the ship with an impressive victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Derby, The Millers last time out.

They enjoy home comforts on Saturday, however, and have won five of their last six games at Elland Road, most of them convincingly. They also won easily when the sides met at Carrow Road in a facile 3-0 victory.

Norwich, on the other hand, are in danger of being reeled in by the chasing pack if they lose on Saturday evening. Sheffield United sit just three points behind them and entertain lowly Bolton, while West Brom are currently four points off the Canaries with a game in hand, albeit they face a much tougher task at home to Middlesbrough.

Norwich could really do with a result in this one, but their recent form suggests they’ll come up short in a narrow Leeds victory.

Both teams to score in the second half – 2/1

It’s fair to say that both of these teams love a late goal.

Leeds’ 86th minute winner against Rotherham was the third time in their last seven games that they had snatched a win in the last five minutes. Leeds have only drawn a blank in the second half of a league game on three occasions this season and their ability to score late on in games is one of the reasons why they currently sit top of the Championship.

Norwich have a similarly impressive record in the second halves of games this season, failing to score in just six in the league. The Canaries have been even more ruthless than Leeds at coming up with late goals, scoring four goals from the 86th minute onwards in their last seven games.

That doesn’t even include the two 83rd minute equalisers Norwich snatched against Brentford and West Brom over Christmas. Norwich’s ability to grab late goals has staved off a major slump for the club and they would sit well off the automatic promotion places without them.

Each club’s top goalscorer, Kemar Roofe and Teemu Pukki, also lead the way for most winning goals in the Championship with seven apiece and both seem to love scoring in the second half.

Pukki, in particular, seems to save his goalscoring exploits for the second period, scoring 14 of his 17 Championship goals in the second half. Roofe also enjoys a late goal, with nine of his 14 goals coming after half time.

All things considered, both teams seem to save their best until after the interval and, at 2/1, both teams to score in the second half is worth a punt.

Teemu Pukki to score anytime – 13/8

As alluded to earlier, Pukki has 17 Championship goals this season and it continues to baffle us that the Celtic reject is actually good at football.

The Finnish international has been the man for the big occasion for Norwich this season, scoring five goals in Norwich’s eight games against the teams currently in the top six.

Pukki has scored a third of Norwich’s goals in the Championship and it is obvious that he is their talisman.

He has rescued them on many occasions already this season and is the best bet to pop up with a goal on Saturday.

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* All odds correct at time of posting. 

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