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Leeds v Sheff Wed: Steady-away hosts to sneak by Owls

| 16.01.2013

The Championship’s first all-Yorkshire affair of the season pits two fallen giants against one another at Elland Road, though one of them has designs on finally picking themselves up off the deck.

Leeds have won both of their home games this season 2-1, beating Brighton in the league and Chesterfield in the Capital One Cup, as well as picking up a credible point at Leicester last time out. This steady start has seen the Lilywhites installed as 11/10 favourites to sink their local foes as they did in the corresponding fixture last term, also by a 2-1 scoreline.

Those who were leaning towards a home win prior to scanning any pre-match literature will be further encouraged by the fact that Wednesday have failed to notch a victory in any of their previous five away days, losing four of them. The latest came at Rotherham in their short-lived Capital One Cup venture and, with the club up for sale, the pressure is surely mounting on manager Dave Jones ahead of this one.

With that being the case, he’ll be trying his best to ignore the fact that his side have returned empty-handed on four of their last five trips to Leeds and Brian McDermott’s solid side will be looking to bolster their promotion claims by ensuring the elongation of that run.

The recurring theme here as far as correct score punting is concerned is 2-1 to the home team and Ladbrokes are offering 15/2 on this particular outcome for all those interested.

However, if you wish to cast your profit-catching net a little further, back the hosts to win by a one-goal margin. Of Leeds’ last 13 home wins, 11 have been by a solitary strike and backing them to do so once more is available at 29/10.

Those who fancy Jones to win himself some much-needed respite, an Owls success is a 13/5 offering, with the draw shorter at 11/5.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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James Middleton