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Stuart Dalgleish 25th Feb 2011 - 22:21

Get ready for a goal-fest in Wales

Swansea v Leeds United betting preview - Saturday 12:45 live on Sky Sports 2

Two play-off hopefuls go head-to-head in the lunchtime kick-off as Swansea (Evens) take on Leeds (3/1, the draw is 11/5).

United have enjoyed a dream return to the Championship, and have proven to be very entertaining having scored nearly two goals a game with 62 strikes in 33 matches - the highest in the league.

They are on a run of just one defeat in their last 20 Championship outings, but their fans will be all too aware that that loss was when they last travelled to Wales, going down 2-1 to Cardiff at the start of January.

The Bluebirds were also the last team to beat them before that way back in October, so they have shown that they're a tough team to beat, Simon Grayson though will be disappointed that the amount of goals that his team have scored haven't put them in a more prominent place in the table.

They currently occupy the last play-off place, but they were second in the table on Christmas Day having beaten the league leaders QPR in their last game before the busy festive period.

The Whites have drawn seven times since the QPR match, with a few 2-2s in there and that scoreline today looks a good price at 16/1, the 3-3 that Leeds achieved during the week is a whopping 66/1.

While Leeds are drawing left, right and centre, Swansea have only been involved in five stalemates this season and just one in their last 12 games.

The Swans have won four of their last five matches, like Leeds losing against Cardiff, and have started to put the ball in the back of the net on a more regular basis having struggled most of the winter.

It makes some of the total match goals options look very appealing indeed - over 2.5 looks a steal at 21/20, while over 3.5 is definitely worth a few quid at 11/4, it's been a winner in five of Leeds' last eight games.

As always with Leeds, both teams to score (10/11) is a fairly safe bet having come in 24 times from their league matches, although Swansea do have a decent defence having conceded just six times at the Liberty this season.

The man most likely to get the goal for Swansea is Scott Sinclair (9/2 first goal, 6/5 anytime), the former Chelsea star has been outstanding for the Welsh side this season scoring 19 goals in just 34 games, although he's only scored two in open play since the end of November.

Brendan Rodgers has certainly been thankful for the goals output of Sinclair as no other player has got double figures, with Darren Pratley (8/1 first, 11/4 any) the club's second-top scorer on nine, seven in the league.

Stephen Dobbie (13/2 first, 15/8 any) came off the bench to score the winner midweek against Coventry and he'll hope to be involved from the start this time, the Scot caused Leeds problems earlier in the season but his opener counted for nothing in the end as United won 2-1 at Elland Road.

Leeds seem to have goals in them from all over the park, their leading scorer is Luciano Becchio (6/1 first, 7/4 any), who has really enjoyed his role as the main striker since Jermaine Beckford departed, but Max Gradel (15/2 first, 9/4 any) and Robert Snodgrass (8/1 first, 11/4 any) have been excellent in the last few months and always seem to be involved in goals whether it's scoring them or setting them up.

One player that is worth a shout for last goal is Davide Somma (6/1 first and last, 7/4 any), the South African international has come off the bench to score in five games this season and has 12 overall from just 11 starts.

It's set to be a great game, can the Swans win four in a row for the first time in two years, or will Leeds make it a double over their Welsh rivals?



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