It’s League Cup action for Leeds United this evening as Marcelo Bielsa’s side welcome Hull City to Elland Road.
Leeds were unfortunate to not take anything out of Saturday’s meeting with Liverpool, but fixtures are coming thick and fast now.
Bielsa will prepare Leeds for Hull tonight, before they turn full attention to Fulham’s visit on Saturday.
A shake-up to the side that took to the field in Liverpool is likely, but Leeds remain heavy favourites against the League One outfit.
Here, the Leeds All Over team – Kris Smith (FA5), Toby Wilding (Neutral) and Alfie Burns (N12) – offers a few thoughts…
I think, first and foremost, we’ll see a number of fringe players get a lot of action, so I expect to see the likes of Leif Davis, Oliver Casey and Jamie Shackleton getting starts.
Our last away game in front of fans was at the KCOM last season and we mauled the Tigers 4-0, with the hosts struggling to cope with the sales of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki in January.
With the club now plying their trade in League One and Leeds in the Premier League, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Grant McCann go for it at Elland Road with his team selection.
That being said, if Hull continue sinking like they are, I think we could get away with changing a lot of the line-up from Anfield and come away with a win.
For that reason, I think there’ll be goals in this tie but in favour of the Whites, and a 3-1 scoreline.
I can’t see this being anything other than a comfortable win for Leeds.
They should be brimming with confidence coming into this game after that showing at Anfield at the weekend, plus two impressive victories, home and away, against the Tigers last season.
Indeed, the end of last season showed that even with a much-changed side, Leeds are too good even for the majority of Championship teams, and Hull’s slide into League One ought to have made that gap even wider.
It will be interesting to see whether Bielsa sticks with a similar side to the one that started at Anfield to get the momentum of a first win under the belt for his key players, or rotates, to give those who are first choice a rest, and the squad players the chance of a run-out.
One player in particular who could be worth keeping an eye on is Rodrigo. A decent run out against Hull should give him a good chance to further familiarise himself with Bielsa’s playing style and potentially get the all-important confidence boost of a first goal under his belt.
Whatever happens, it would be a surprise if Leeds are not celebrating their first win of the season come full time.
I’m convinced we are going to see seven or eight changes to the side that played at Anfield, but Leeds should still have too much.
The likes of Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski, Ian Poveda and even Rodrigo should come into the side, which shows the depth we do actually have.
Hull got a good win over Gillingham at the weekend, but Bielsa’s dressing room will be oozing confidence after running Liverpool so close.
Despite late defeat on Merseyside, Leeds will start fast and we will hopefully see the Whites take the tie away from Hull early on.
That first win of the season (even in the cup) should hopefully kick-start the campaign and set us up nicely for Fulham.
I’ll go with a 2-0 win.