West Bromwich Albion v Leeds United Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 10th November 2018

West Brom are in need of a lift after going the last four matches without a win. Their poor run of form has seen them slip down the table and the former Championship leaders and favourites in the betting now find themselves outside of the play-off places. Darren Moore will be desperate to return to winning ways but his men will need to make some serious improvements to have the beating of Leeds.

High-flying Leeds became the latest Championship leaders last week when beating Wigan 2-1. It was yet another alteration at the top of an ever-changing league table where competition for the two automatic places is as fierce as ever. Ahead of this match, only two points separate the top five clubs so anything less than victory for the Peacocks will surely see them knocked off their perch…for the time being at least!

Top Tips

West Brom to win @ 8/5

Both teams to score @ 4/7

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West Bromwich Albion News: Baggies hoping for Gayle return

The Hawthorns Football Stadium Before Match
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West Brom have a few players on the cusp of making a return this weekend including veteran midfielder Gareth Barry and left back Kieran Gibbs. The most important of them however is Newcastle loanee Dwight Gayle, joint top-scorer for the Baggies this season. Without him, Moore’s side looked limp against Hull, never testing David Marshall in the Tigers goal.

Their attacking display in the draw with Blackburn wasn’t a great deal better with defender Craig Dawson netting their only goal. It would appear that the Baggies have grown rather reliant on Gayle, so his likely looking return this weekend would not come a moment too soon as they look to get their promotion push back on track.

Skipper set to miss out

The injury situation at West Brom is largely positive but one sour note is that captain and club stalwart Chris Brunt is struggling with an issue picked up against Hull. The Baggies veteran limped off at the KC Stadium in the first half after tweaking his hamstring. Some players may have attempted to play on but the intelligent Brunt signalled to the bench as soon as he felt something. Having not aggravated the problem, only a short stint on the sidelines should await the midfielder but it still seems likely to be one long enough to see him miss this match.

Leeds United News: Douglas helps improve full back situation

Corner of Elland Road Football Stadium
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Having had Luke Ayling ruled out for two months and Gaetano Berardi for twice as long, Marcelo Bielsa has a real injury problem at right back. Stuart Dallas took up the right wing back role in their absence last weekend at Wigan but the Latics’ lacklustre display didn’t give him many questions to answer.

On the other side of the defence things are at least improving. Injuries to Ayling and Berardi have coincided with the return of left full back Barry Douglas. Despite not being completely match fit, the 29-year-old looked fully up to pace at the DW Stadium last weekend. His impressive display will have delighted boss Bielsa who can now be more confident about the state of his defence. As well as shoring things up at the back, Douglas’ left foot can also be a potent weapon from set pieces so Leeds will hope he can stay fit for the rest of the campaign.

Saiz may be left out again

Samuel Saiz is a crowd favourite at Elland Road and initially it seemed as though Bielsa was a fan too. The Argentine manager started him for the first 14 games of the season before demoting him to the bench for the crunch test with Nottingham Forest. A week later the Spaniard was an unused substitute for the trip to Wigan with Bielsa stating that he creates an “imbalance” in the team. His performance in Monday night’s U23 game with Crewe will have done little to change his manager’s opinion. The midfielder failed to deliver during the 3-1 loss as Bielsa watched on from the sidelines.

Analysis: Moore able to inspire change

Some of the Baggies faithful have turned against Moore but he could yet make them change their minds. His side has suffered a dip in form but in such a competitive league, teams will go through good and bad patches. The 44-year-old has been more critical of his players of late and by no longer sugar coating their performances, he could well trigger a positive response on his return to the Hawthorns.

Baggies can return to winning ways

There has been a lot of talk about the recent decline of the Baggies but their home record remains one of the strongest in the division. Only two sides boast a better record on their own turf this season so being back at the Hawthorns could prove to be a big factor in this match.

Also playing a pivotal role is the returning Dwight Gayle who had been previously lighting the league up with Jay Rodriguez. The Newcastle loanee can give West Brom the cutting edge they’ve been lacking in the past couple of matches, giving them a great shot at a much needed three points at good odds (8/5) considering their record on home soil.

West Brom defence improving but only steadily

Even during their fine patch of form earlier on in the season, clean sheets were not coming the way of the Baggies. Their seven game unbeaten run beginning in September featured just one as Moore’s men adopted the crowd-pleasing ‘we’ll try and outscore you’ approach.

Such a tactic works when you are firing upfront but much less so when the goals dry up as the West Brom boss has discovered. Leeds looked lively against Wigan last weekend, scoring twice in a game that ensured they have found the net in every away match this season. Bielsa does not shut up shop outside of Elland Road and this should lead to both teams scoring (4/7) at the Hawthorns.

Recent Matches

Saturday’s evening kick-off will see the first meeting between these two clubs in over 10 years. West Brom will be hoping to pick up where they left off after coming out on top during their last three bouts. By doing so, the Midlands outfit could move up to fourth in the league depending on results earlier on in the day. With so many sides pushing for promotion, they know they cannot afford to slip too far off the pace but the recent head to head is at least in their favour.

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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