Millwall and Leeds are looking to kickstart their season, can they find the ignition on Sunday?
Mid Table Malaise
Leeds suffered relegation out of last season’s Premier League and promotion back into it already looks difficult.
Leeds Promotion Pipedream
Any club that falls out of the Premier League will always look to return at the first time of asking and when you look at both Leicester and Southampton, they look well equipped to deal with their new Championship surroundings.
With that being said, if you were to look at Leeds and make a case for their early promotion aspirations, such confidence in an immediate return to the top tier of English football would look rather misplaced.
The Elland Road outfit installed Daniel Farke over the summer, as the German is the next man to take on the much-passed managerial baton and after taking Norwich out of the second tier, his new paymasters will hope he can do the same in West Yorkshire.
However, there has been a summer of upheaval as far as Leeds are concerned. Last season’s big names have largely been sold or loaned out, the ones that still reside there are not too keen at the thought of staying put.
A dilemma that Farke has had to deal with, as name after name gets linked with a move away from the club. Thankfully, the transfer window has been locked shut until January and the business is purely about results for the next few months.
Business that has not gone all that well for Leeds at the start of the campaign. Before the September international break, it was just one win from five attempts and they find themselves lying 15th in the table.
Three positions behind Sunday’s opponents and hosts Millwall and with the South London outfit missing out on last season’s play-offs after a dramatic final day defeat at home to Blackburn, there had been something of a hangover for Gary Rowett’s men since.
Not a huge one, but still a slightly fuzzy head that saw them lose successive league outings to Bristol City and Norwich. Since those reverses, Millwall have picked up four points from the last six on offer and do not want their momentum halted by the international break.
Their last league outing saw them pick up a 1-1 draw at Birmingham, one point that came after picking up all three at the expense of one of manager Rowett’s former employers Stoke. Will they pick up three more at the expense of Leeds?
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and with both teams drawing last time out, I think there will be a stalemate at The Den. Not only that, but goals have been in short supply for the hosts and the visitors and therefore, I am backing a draw and under 2.5 goals at odds of 3/1.
In addition to this, I am going to have a look at the opening goal market and with Crysencio Summerville staying put, I am backing him to get Leeds off the mark. Should he come good, it will get your Sunday betting off the mark at odds of 17/2.