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The Momentum Slump: Leeds Utd & Oxford Utd...

Friday 17th April 2020

In your Across the Leagues email today:

  • Winning streaks on hold...
  • Leeds keep it tight...
  • Oxford pushing for promotion...  

The Momentum Slump: Leeds Utd & Oxford Utd...

The football is currently on hold, and this unforeseen pause in the 2019/20 season has thrown up dozens of questions and debates.

Ideas for a resumption and completion of the season are being discussed. More meetings are due to take place in the next few days.

The golden ticket we’re all waiting for is a date for the football to return. That’s easier said than done with the coronavirus situation so hard to predict. What we can expect to see though is an official plan from the leagues, as to how the games could get played.

We’re mid-April now, with lockdown in place until early May as it stands. There’s still plenty of time to get a ‘summer of football’ in place. And if you’re anything like me and love your sport, then the football coming back would be a source of great joy...

Up for the challenge...

Some of the key points of contention around getting the season finished involve issues of promotion and relegation, along with the obvious financial implications.

When the teams get back in action, it will be truly intriguing to see how the formbook holds up and what new patterns emerge in the stats.

There are so many potential storylines and scenarios. It’s going to be fascinating. I can’t wait to get stuck into this challenge.

Winning streaks on hold...

Two teams caught my eye on our Across the Leagues website this week…

Our Top 10 Tables page shows the current top-performing sides, across all eight UK & European divisions that we cover...

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Before the halt in play, Leeds Utd and Oxford Utd were leading the way on the recent form standings…

Leeds keep it tight...

With 9 games to go, Leeds sit in 1st place in the Championship, one point ahead of Fulham in the other automatic promotion spot, and 6 pts above Fulham who are 3rd and at the front of the Playoff positions.

During February and into early March, Leeds put together a 5-match winning streak that put them in pole position to win promotion to the Premier League:

Leeds 1 Bristol City 0
Leeds 1 Reading 0
Middlesbrough 0 Leeds 1
Hull 0 Leeds 4
Leeds 2 Huddersfield 0

Looking at that set of Wins to Nil, it’s no surprise to discover that on our website, Leeds are ranked No.1 in the Championship this season for Clean Sheet bets (46% of games). And that 16 of their 21 victories have paid out in the Win to Nil market (76% of wins).

Marcelo Bielsa’s side also have the best defensive record in the division. Conceding just 30 goals in total, for an average of 0.7 Goals Against per home game and 0.9 per away game.

Oxford pushing for promotion...

In League One, the battle to go up is close one, with just 3 pts separating Rotherham in 2nd place and Wycombe in 8th. When this division gets back in action, there will be lots of big games for us to look at, with all to play for.

Oxford are in 3rd place and just 2 points off the automatic promotion places. Before the sudden halt in play, the U’s were also on a 5-game winning streak:

Oxford 5 AFC Wimbledon 0
Ipswich 0 Oxford 1
Oxford 3 Accrington 0
Oxford 2 Southend 0
Shrewsbury 2 Oxford 3

Those results show Oxford are having little trouble in finding the net, with 14 goals scored across those 5 wins.

For the season overall, the League One charts on our site show that Oxford are ranked 3rd for Over 2.5 Goals payouts (63%).

And Karl Robinson’s boys are also fast starters, in joint-2nd place for games with the First Goal scored in the 27th Minute or Before (60%).

How will Leeds and Oxford fare when they get back into competitive action? Will they push on and secure promotion, and continue on their winning streaks? Or will we see a momentum slump, having been stopped in their tracks in March? These are all questions we’ll be considering when we get the fixtures back...

Looking forward...

Those are just a couple of examples of teams’ stats and streaks, taking from our Across the Leagues website

We have info for eight leagues from the Premier League and English Football League, through to the Scottish Premiership and the top divisions in Spain, Germany and Italy. With over 150 teams covered across a variety of stats categories and betting markets.

When the football returns, the data feed on our site will pick up the latest form and results for every game. And we’ll be monitoring the new facts & figures as they come in, all with an eye on identifying winning opportunities for us.

That’s all from me today. I’ll be back next week with your next Across the Leagues email.

Until then, take care.

Best wishes,

Shaun Humphris

Shaun Humphris

Across the Leagues

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