Npower Championship: Leeds United v Cardiff City Preview and Team News

Tags: Football

Published: 11:04 25/10/2010

Dave Jones’ Cardiff City side go in search of their fourth consecutive win when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Monday night. Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and cash back special offers for the televised Npower Championship match between Leeds United and Cardiff City at 7.45pm on Monday. City will go level on points with Queens Park Rangers at the top of the Npower Championship with victory over new boys Leeds and will forge a six-point gap to third placed Swansea. Having missed out on promotion to the Premier League in last season’s play-offs, Cardiff are pushing for an automatic promotion place this time around. Although its still early days, the Championship has a habit of producing a couple of runaway sides and bookmakers believe QPR and Cardiff have the credentials to break away from the pack for a two-horse race for the title. Victor Chandler bet 10/3 for Cardiff to win the league this season making QPR the favourites at odds of 13/8. Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy caused a stir in football circles when opting to spend a season-long loan with Cardiff and his quality and experience will bring a massive boost to the club’s chances of reaching the top flight. Bellamy’s involvement has been limited since picking up a knee injury, but he is fit to play his part at Elland Road on Monday and will want to further his two goal contribution in four starts. Extrabet offer odds of 8/1 for Bellamy to score the first goal of the game and bet 23/10 for him to score at anytime. Jones has the fortunate problem of accommodating last season’s top scorer Peter Whittingham who netted 20 times last term and Jay Bothroyd who is on course for his best ever haul with seven league goals already this season. But it will be no walkover for Cardiff, Leeds harbour their own lofty ambitions as they endeavour to claw their way back to the heights when they spent twelve years in the Premier League. A win would push Simon Grayson’s men to within appoint of the play-off place, but it remains to be seen if he has resolved the defensive issues that resulted in conceding six goals at home to Preston and five in the derby match at Barnsley in September. William Hill bet 2/1 for Leeds to register their fourth win in front of home supporters this term.