Live on Sky Sports this afternoon at 4.30pm, two of the biggest Championship Clubs meet at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City face Leeds United

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Leeds United to win at 4/1 SkyBet

Both of these teams won their games on the opening weekend. Leicester travelled to Middlesborough and came from behind to win 2-1 whilst Leeds United beat Brighton at home with a 90th minute winner. Both are expected to be at the top end of the table through the season after Leicester’s defeat in the play-offs to Watford in May and encouraging signs for Leeds under new manager Brian McDermott.

With two of the stronger sides of the division meeting here, it is likely to be a close game. Leicester City’s main problem through the season is likely to be the restrictions placed on them by the adoption of Financial Fair Play across the Fotoball League. With one of the highest wage budgets in the division their activity in the off-season was curtailed and they go into this season with substantially the same squad whose form fell away from last February through to the end of the season from top of the table to scraping into the play-offs in the last game of the season

This season sees Leicester starting 3-5-2 with Leeds old boy Kasper Schmeichel and Captain Wes Morgan forming the heart of a solid defence. Going forward, David Nugent is returning to fitness after an off-season injury and should accompany Chris Wood, the former West Bromwich Albion striker, up front.

This is, in essence, a solid and workmanlike team that should be consistent but proved last season to be slightly one-dimensional particularly when opponents did not give them the room to play football. The one outright flair player, Anthony Knockaert the French winger, has been absent in recent team selections and it will be interesting to see if this continues today.

For Leeds United El-Hadji Diouf is likely to return to action to take his place alongside veterans Paddy Kenny and Michael Tonge in an otherwise youthful and talented side headlined by Sam Byram and Ross McCormack including summer signings Luke Murphy and Matt Smith, signings of some significance as with Leeds under new ownership there are signs of some flex in the transfer market which were absent under Ken Bates. The future should be positive under a progressive as manger as McDermott

Leeds only have one away win in 2013, secured on the last day of last season at Watford but the signs are that McDermott is leading Leeds to a new approach away from home. After Leeds beat Brighton last weekend the manager said “”Both sides could have won no doubt but in the Championship if you try and win and keep going, you get the breaks.”

These are likely to be two evenly matched sides, and to see Leeds priced at 4-1 to secure victory is one of the first stand out value prices of the season to me. I make them nearer a 5/2 shot, and would not be surprised to see them take all three points today in the Midlands

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Leeds United to win at 4/1 SkyBet