Two in-form sides meet on Monday night in the third round of the FA Cup. We’ve got three football betting tips for the match at the Abbey Stadium.
After a poor start which saw them rooted to the bottom, Shaun Derry has completely turned things around at Cambridge. The former Notts County boss was given time by the club and he’s rewarded them with a fantastic run of form which has sent them shooting towards the League Two play-off positions. The former QPR man hasn’t done anything drastic, he hasn’t made sweeping changes, he’s added a couple of loanees and believed in the crop of the players at the club. They are on a 7 match unbeaten run in fourth tier and haven’t been beaten since the middle of November. They’ve hit 17 goals in their last 6 matches and are looking very dangerous coming forward. Luke Berry has shone and the midfielder has been the star man for his side. He was instrumental in reaching this stage having netted all four goals against Coventry in the second round.
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Cambridge’s away form was better than their home equivalent for quite some time, but they’ve managed to put that right with three consecutive wins here prior to today’s game. Leeds will be much tougher than either Cheltenham, Crewe or Notts County, but they’ve excited the home crowd who will be in good voice ahead of this tie.
Leeds have also been on an upward curve and Garry Monk has been showing Swansea what they’re missing. He’s guided Leeds to 5th place in the Championship and they are currently on a 5 match unbeaten streak. He’s blended a young side with some experienced heads at this level and the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Pontus Janssen have been drafted in and have impressed. The Janssen/Bartley partnership has particularly flourished at the back with both defenders also netting crucial goals of late.
The Whites progressed through this round against near neighbours Rotherham last season before eventually being knocked out Watford and will be hoping to make it further this time around.
They’ve had some decent results on the road recently including wins against Norwich and Preston and a draw at Villa. They deserved to win the game at Villa Park and will once again be backed by very vocal support.
Cambridge vs Leeds Predictions
I think Leeds will sneak through here. Cambridge will make it tough, but their home form has shown a few cracks this season. Let’s go for a big price and back Leeds to win but Cambridge to get on the scoresheet for our first Cambridge vs Leeds prediction, the best odds are 3/1 with bet365.
Also back the Both Teams to Score? Yes as a single. Leeds have kept just a single clean sheet on the road in 8 games whilst Cambridge have netted in 7 of their last 9 matches here so BTTS is 17/20 with Betfair and that’s our second Cambridge vs Leeds betting tip.
Garry Monk may be tempted to make a few changes and Marcus Antonsson should be given a run-out on Monday night. He should be backed to net during the 90 minutes to get a goal and that completes our Cambridge vs Leeds betting tips at odds of 2/1 with Coral.
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Cambridge vs Leeds Team News
Garry Monk is expected to make plenty of changes with Matt Grimes and Marcus Antonsson expected to start here. Eunan O’Kane is back from a long injury lay-off and may be given the nod here.
Shaun Derry is likely to field his strongest possible XI as he bids to eliminate his former club from the competition. He is unlikely to make too many changes from the side which put four past Cambridge. George Maris and Bradley Halliday could feature for the hosts here.
Cambridge vs Leeds Betting Odds
Leeds are favourites to win here, but are still chunky odds to get the job done. The Elland Road outfit can be backed at Evens to qualify for the next round. Cambridge can be backed at around 3/1 with the draw priced at 13/5
Chris Wood is favourite in the goalscoring market but may start on the bench.
Cambridge vs Leeds Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score? Yes – 17/20 with Betfair: £30 free bet.
Marcus Antonsson anytime goalscorer – 2/1 with Coral: £20 free bet.
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