Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips & Predictions – Friday 1st March 2019

A potentially season-defining match awaits West Brom and Leeds United this Friday night. The two automatic promotion hopefuls sit outside the top two places but are not without hope of forcing their way back in. A point would be enough to see Leeds jump into second place while a win for the Baggies would put them just a point behind second placed Sheffield United.

This is by all accounts a promotion six pointer but one that West Brom in particular cannot afford to lose. Coming into this match, Darren Moore's men find themselves trading at odds of 4/1 to secure a guaranteed return to the Premier League. While still fully in the mix for now, defeat here would see them fall a potentially unbridgeable seven points adrift of where they want to be.

Top Tips

West Brom to Win or Draw @ 4/6

Under 2.5 Goals @ evens

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Leeds United News: Roofe avoids surgery

Corner of Elland Road Football Stadium
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Head of Medicine at Leeds, Rob Price, confirmed that Kemar Roofe will not be needing surgery on the injury picked up against Swansea in mid-February. Price said it was testament to the forward’s strength as his knee is holding up well despite him having torn a ligament on the outside. The 14-goal man will spend the next three weeks in a brace with the hope of having him back in action towards the end of the season.

Clarke being eased back

After collapsing while sitting on the bench away at Middlesbrough, there was a large degree of concern surrounding the well-being of Jack Clarke. Scares quickly eased off however as the 18-year-old made a speedy recover from what was a passing virus. He has since resumed light training while being monitored closely by the medical staff at the club. The highly regarded winger should be back in action soon but it seems unlikely that Marcelo Biesla will risk playing him this Friday.

West Bromwich Albion News: Hegazi to miss out

The Hawthorns Football Stadium Before Match
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A muscular injury saw Ahmed Hegazi stretched off during the loss to Sheffield United. No West Brom fan wanted to see something like that; the Egyptian has been arguably the most impressive member of their defence this season. Darren Moore initially said the problem “didn’t look good for him” so a speedy return appears to be off the menu. He was replaced by Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo against the Blades and the 21-year-old looks set to deputise at centre back once again.

Analysis: Make or break moment for West Brom

While a draw may not be a disastrous result for West Brom, it could potentially leave them seven points short of second place should Sheffield United win on Monday night. There is a real onus on the Baggies to push out in search of the win at Elland Road and they must be prepared to take risks. This game may have an all-or-nothing feel to it as a result with late drama quite possibly on the cards.

Homesick Baggies to relish away test

The vast majority of sides would much rather play in front of their own fans but West Brom are one of the exceptions to the rule. Moore’s men haven’t won any of their last five matches at home but have celebrated victory in four of their last five outside the Hawthorns. This fine patch of travelling form means that the Baggies have the best away record in the entire Championship. With this in mind, back the visitors to claim a win or draw (4/6) against a Leeds side that has failed to impress in recent big matches. Marcelo Bielsa’s men were completely brushed aside by Norwich and were fortunate to equalise in the 101st minute against Middlesbrough.

Leeds lacking without Roofe

Bielsa will be concerned about whether his men have enough goals in them without top scorer Roofe available. The 26-year-old has netted seven more league goals than any of his teammates this season and his absence has been noticeable during the past two games. Against Bolton, the Peacocks only found the net through a penalty and a mishit cross while they drew a blank against a QPR side who were previously winless in nine league games. Lacking the necessary cutting edge to dismantle a West Brom defence that has conceded just twice in the last five away matches, this game looks set to have under 2.5 goals (evens).

Recent Matches

West Brom and Leeds picked up where they left of when providing us with a goal-laden match in November. The last four meetings between the two clubs has now produced 20 goals with the Baggies coming out on top each time.

10th November 2018: West Bromwich Albion 4 – 1 Leeds United

West Brom were the better side during the first half of this test but had nothing to show for their superiority as the opening 45 minutes remained goalless. Things changed after the break though as a more ruthless Baggies thrashed their guests at the Hawthorns. Leeds continued to enjoy the bulk of the possession but only mustered up a 92nd minute consolation strike through Pablo Hernandez. Marcelo Bielsa took responsibility for the defeat while his West Brom counterpart breathed a sigh of relief after ending a four game winless run.

20th January 2007: Leeds United 2 – 3 West Bromwich Albion

Leeds will have been sick of the sight of West Brom after this game, their third loss to the Baggies in under four months. New recruit and former Chelsea striker Tore Andre Flo gave the Peacocks a dream start but by half-time the home side found themselves trailing 3-1. Alan Thompson’s free-kick gave Leeds hope after the restart but an equaliser never really looked like coming.

6th January 2007: West Bromwich Albion 3 – 1 Leeds United

West Brom moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a straightforward victory. They were the dominant force in the opening 45 minutes, leading to Leeds manager Dennis Wise making a triple substitution at half time. The changes failed to have any major impact as the travelling side only mustered a late consolation when Paul Robinson put the ball into his own net.

30th September 2006: West Bromwich Albion 4 – 2 Leeds United

John Carver’s chances of getting the Leeds job on a permanent basis took a hit following this loss. The caretaker boss would have been furious with Paul McShane who got himself sent off in the first half. Up against it after this, West Brom fired themselves into a 3-0 lead but Leeds did pull two back late on to set up a grandstand finish. The home supporters grew anxious but Diomansy Kamara allowed put their fears to rest by converting in extra time.

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