Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United – Whites will seal a third successive cup win against Rovers
A third League Cup between these sides in five seasons will end with a third win for Leeds United at the Keepmoat tonight
August 13th, 2015
Tonight sees the final game of the Capital One Cup first round and what a cracker it promises to be. There is certainly no love lost between these two local rivals and a large crowd is expected as the Yorkshire duo fight it out for a place in the second round draw tonight.
Doncaster were relegated to League One in 2014 and they failed to make an immediate return to the Championship last season, ultimately finishing eight points adrift of the play-off places. Donny boss Paul Dickov signed six players throughout the summer and four of these – Richard Chaplow, Andy Williams, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Thorsten Stuckmann – made starts on Saturday in a somewhat bizarre opening match.
Bury were the visitors to South Yorkshire and following 90 minutes of goalless action, Bury kicked the ball out of play and Harry Forrester inadvertently volleyed the ball into the back of the net from close to the half-way line. Following some heated on-field exchanges, Doncaster permitted Leon Clarke to walk the ball into their goal with the match ending 1-1.
Returning to tonight’s match, Rovers have a decent record in the opening round, triumphing at this stage in each of the past four seasons although they will struggle against a Leeds United side which have improved under Uwe Rosler.
The former Wigan and Brentford manager hasn’t been shy on the transfer market this summer and they started their season with a decent performance against Burnley at Elland Road, holding the newly-relegated side to a 1-1 draw, late goals from Sam Vokes and Mirco Antenucci arriving in the final eight minutes of the game.
This was a rather encouraging performance from a Leeds United side which have finished the last four seasons between 13th and 15th in the Championship table and who are eager to escape this mid-table rut.
Indeed, Leeds haven’t been knocked out of this competition in the opening round since 1960 and made it as far as the fifth round in 2012/13 when they lost to Chelsea. They start this match as favourites at 13/8 with Doncaster available at 19/10 and a draw after ninety minutes up for grabs at 5/2.
BETTING TIPS – Leeds United to win, both teams to score – Bet365 4/1