Leeds vs Bristol City
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Elland Road (Leeds).
Leeds have been struggling to maintain their level at the top for the last two months. In the whole of 2020 so far, they have secured a single win, and their stay in the second spot of the table is under serious threat. The in-form Bristol will try to make the most of this fixture, as they are chasing a ticket to the playoffs.
Leeds vs Bristol City Head-to-head (h2h)
- Leeds had recorded the win in the reverse fixture, with a 1-3 scoreline on the road.
- 12 of the former 13 wins had gone to Leeds.
- Bristol City conceded two or more goals in five of their last six encounters.
- This decade, Leeds would have held a 100% winning record at home, if not for a 2-2 draw in 2018.
Leeds vs Bristol City Match Preview
Leeds were held to a 1-1 draw on the road by Brentford, the last match-day. It was the seventh winless match of the former from their prior eight past attempts, and the tenth from the previous twelve match-ups.
The result once again signified just how tough life has been for Leeds in the past two months.
Going on, the team has been toiling hard for the elusive promotion the past two seasons. In 2018-19, they had missed direct-promotion, and despite being the favorite in the playoffs, they were eliminated in the second leg of the semis, that too in front of their own home crowd.
This time around, they were determined to avoid the playoff altogether, and go for the top-two spots, that would present them with direct entry into the PL.
All of that looks in jeopardy now.
Meanwhile, Bristol City registered a 3-2 win at home, over Derby. It was their fourth win from the past five fixtures, and keep note that Derby was an in-form squad as well.
Bristol have been in good form since the start of 2020. And the team surely should be targeting an entry into the playoffs. As of now, they are placed seventh in the table – however, they are level on points with the sixth-placed Preston, and are just three points away from the second-placed Leeds.
Do keep note that to get into the playoffs, they need to finish sixth in standings, and to avoid the post-season proceedings altogether, and gain entry into the PL directly, they need to end up in the second position.
Leeds vs Bristol City Prediction
Taking current form into consideration, Bristol seem to be the favorite here. They have won four of their last five games, and the former three league games on the road in a row. On the other hand, Leeds are winless in their prior three fixtures, and were so in ten of their previous twelve overall match-ups.
In fact, in the year of 2020, Leeds have so far registered a single win. They had also lost five of their preceding seven matches, and at home, they have a single win from mid-December.
As such, the Double Chance on Bristol City seems too tasty a bet to ignore.
However, do note that Leeds have the home advantage, and that they are desperate to get promoted as well. Moreover, they have dominated this opponent in h2h clashes for a very long time. In fact, in the last decade they have lost just once against Bristol, and at home, Leeds would have held a 100% winning record in h2h games, if not for a single draw in 2018.
Likely, expect the guests to concede at least once this Saturday, and thus bring returns to the BTTS bet.
Leeds vs Bristol City Betting Tips
Double Chance: Bristol City or Draw @ 3.25 (9/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10).