Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United – Betting Preview
Wolverhampton Wanderers come into the game with inconsistency preventing them from moving away from the drop zone. As a result, they are still nervously close to the drop zone.
Wolves felt hard done by with the refereeing decision in the narrow 2-1 loss to Newcastle last weekend.
They are just three points above the relegation zone and see this as a vital match to win. Leeds is a direct rival and the atmosphere will be very hostile.
The mood is decent right now and performances have improved, so the belief is there.
A draw would be a poor result but a loss would be a real disaster, and see them right on the brink of falling into the bottom three.
The overall sense is the manager Lopetegui is getting the best from the squad, but the fact is that they desire to be much further away from the 18th-placed club.
Looking at team news, Wolves will be without Diego Costa and there is a real doubt about the playmaker Sarabia. Both are important players and possible starters if fit.
Sarabia will be given a late fitness test and at this stage, it looks like a 50/50 last-hour decision by the boss.
Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic, and Boubacar Traore are also carrying knocks.
Leeds United come into the game against relegation rivals Wolves in good spirits, and still on an upward curve under the new boss Javi Gracia.
They got a credible 2-2 draw with highflyers Brighton last Saturday, meaning the new boss has only experienced one loss in his first three matches since taking charge.
The mood and spirits are good at Leeds right now, but this is a game they cannot afford to lose or else that positive vibe disappears.
They begin the EPL round in 19th place but only one point above several sides above them, so still with plenty of hope and belief that they can stay up this season.
Javi Gracia won his home debut in the match against Southampton and seeks a second win now, which would be a massive boost to their survival hopes.
Looking at the Leeds team news now, which sees the busy American midfielder Adams as the most significant absence.
The long-term important regulars remain out, with Dallas and Forshaw not expected back this campaign.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Wolves is the favourite @ 2.30. The draw is @ 3.20 and the Leeds win is @ 3.40.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Wolves -0.25 @ 1.94 looks fairly attractive given that the draw would save half of the stake. It is difficult to see them lose this game. Leeds +0.25 is @ 1.92.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line has moved from 2.5 down to 2.25, indicating that punter see this relegation battle being a low scoring match.
The Over is @ 1.96 and the Under is @ 1.87.