Betting on Leeds in 2021 and 2022 - What are the Best Markets?
12 May 2021 06:10 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Leeds United have enjoyed a stellar return to the Premier League under the mercurial guidance of manager Marcelo Bielsa, with the club currently comfortable in 10th place and significantly closer to the Champions League places than the relegation zone. What’s more, recent rumours suggest that Bielsa could be poised to sign a one-year extension to his current contract, with a proposed £1 million pay-rise apparently enough to secure his services and expertise for a further 12 months at least. In addition to this, rumours of big money transfer window signings continue to abound. The future for the mighty Whites hasn’t looked as rosy as it has for at least two decades now.
But what could the next 12 months or so have in store for Leeds and their fans? Here are some of the key future betting markets for the Whites.
1. The Next Premier League Champions at 150/1
Leeds have performed particularly well against the Premier League’s so-called “big six” this season, remaining unbeaten at Elland Road against Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. They also thumped third-place Leicester City 3-1 on the road in January, so there’s no doubt that Bielsa has created a well-drilled and incredibly fit side that can compete with the very best in the Premier League.
So, with some squad additions and a greater level of consistency, could Leeds challenge for the Premier League title next season? If you think so, you can back the White to win the EPL at an average price of 150/1 at present, which is considerably lower than Leicester’s 500/1 price back in 2015/16.
2. Patrick Bamford to be Top EPL Scorer at 100/1
This is another outside market, with Leeds star striker Patrick Bamford currently the sixth highest scorer in the Premier League for the 2020/21 season. However, Bamford is only six goals shy of the current top scorer Harry Kane, with the former hot on the heels of the England striker’s haul with three games remaining in Leeds’ domestic schedule. So, a late scoring burst by Bamford (who struck superbly in the recent 3/1 win against Spurs at Elland Road) could see him challenge for the Golden Boot, particularly if Kane, Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes draw blanks before the end of the season.
Bamford is priced at around 100/1 to achieve this objective, so it may be worth a cheeky punt if you expect Leeds to finish the season on a high. If you’re looking for a welcome sign up offer, you can’t go wrong with this Betway bonus offer which can be used for casino as well as sport.
3. A Top-Half Finish This Season at 1/4
A top-half finish is the least that Leeds deserve for their efforts and indefatigable style of play this season, but this has yet to be confirmed with three games still to go. More specifically, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers are just two and five points behind Leeds respectively, so it’s possible that the Whites could still finish 12th at the end of the season.
However, Leeds are priced at 1/4 to finish 10th or higher, with a favourable run-in including trips to Burnley and struggling Southampton and a final-day home game against already-relegated West Bromwich Albion. So, this is a bet that has every chance of coming in this season, so you may want to back this with a little more gusto if you’re in search of a viable return!