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Leeds v Southampton: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Automatic promotion is still mathematically possible for Leeds United but they need to beat fellow promotion hopefuls Southampton at Elland Road on Saturday and hope they get some help from neighbours Huddersfield Town.

The Whites looked to be in the driving seat for an automatic return to the Premier League, but a dip in form at the worst possible time means their fate is now in Ipswich's hands.

Ipswich are three points ahead of Leeds after their 2-1 win over Coventry in midweek, and they just need a draw against Huddersfield to return to the top flight.

However, a defeat for the Tractor Boys and a win for Daniel Farke's side would help Leeds move into second.

Southampton cannot move out of fourth on what promises to be a dramatic final day.

Leeds v Southampton

Leeds v Southampton betting tips and predictions

Leeds to win - 4/7

Leeds could consider themselves one of the unluckiest teams in Championship history on Saturday if they reach 93 points without being promoted automatically.

History would suggest that would normally be enough to win the league never mind promotion, but Farke's side cannot afford to think about what could have been.

They need a stroke of luck, but all they can do is focus on the task at hand, and that requires them beating Southampton.

Fortunately for Leeds, they still have the best home record in the Championship despite failing to win any of their previous two. Farke's men have only lost once at home, while Southampton come into the game on the back of three defeats.

Russell Martin's side appear to have downed tools ahead of the play-offs, and Leeds' desire to win will be much greater than that of Southampton.

Over 2.5 goals - 1/2

Leeds fans would love nothing more than a routine win on Saturday, even just to see their team get some confidence back after a tough few weeks. Their 4-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers last time out was a hammer blow, but they have been consistent at home. 

While the Whites have failed to score in their last two games at Elland Road, Leeds have scored 44 goals at home this season.

In Southampton, they welcome a team that have gone off the boil of late, with Martin's team conceding eight in their previous three in the second tier.

Saints' games average 3.27 goals per game, while Leeds' total is slightly lower at 2.69, and this game should be an entertaining affair throughout the 90 minutes.

Over 11 corners - 6/5

With Leeds pushing for a much needed win, Farke's side will have to attack as much as they can in order to rack up the goals.

The former Norwich boss will hope his side can settle their nerves early with a goal, but they cannot afford to sit back and protect a lead with their automatic promotion hopes in the hands of Ipswich.

With that in mind, backing overs on the corners line appeals, especially with Leeds and Southampton involved.

Leeds' games at Elland Road have seen an average of 9.50 corners taken, while on the road, Southampton matches have seen their average rise to 11.82.

Leeds' total average of corners for the season is 10.51 from 45 games, while Southampton's is slightly higher at 11.53. 

While Southampton may not have enough to win, they average 7.53 corners this season, the most in the Championship by some distance.

Combine that with Leeds' desire to create chances, and we should witness at least 11 corners in what should be a chaotic day in West Yorkshire.

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Leeds v Southampton odds

Leeds - 4/7
Draw - 10/3
Southampton - 9/2

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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