Bristol City v Leeds - Tuesday 19:45
Leeds recorded a fourth straight win against Ipswich on Saturday, making this their longest winning sequence since January 2010. It takes the heat off Garry Monk following initial concerns that his methods were having no discernible impact, with Monk himself quick to appreciate that his hard work on the training ground doesn’t always translate to the pitch.
Limp away displays at QPR and Nottingham Forest still linger in the memory and Bristol City have shown many of the hallmarks you look for in a team that’s capable of winning consistently. The Robins have scored five important late goals - four of them in stoppage time - and they come from behind to rescue seven points in four matches at Ashton Gate.
Everybody is eagerly anticipating the individual battle between Tammy Abraham and Pontus Jansson but it could be a mismatch in terms of class and pedigree. Jansson, 25, looks like a solid and dependable Championship centre back for United, but 18-year-old Abraham is on another level for City with ten non-penalty goals in 833 minutes. He’s a cut above this level.
Bristol City currently sit fourth in the shot ratio rankings on a healthy 58.3 per cent. That’s play-off standard, whereas Leeds (47.8 per cent) have been increasingly dominant against mediocre opposition in recent weeks but had very little credit in the bank prior to that. My ratings make the Robins no bigger than 10/11 here, so 23/20 about the home win is worth backing.