Wednesday night, from 19:45, we bet on an interesting match from the incipient rounds of the English League Cup. Leeds United, led from the bench by Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa, are dueling with Hull City, the third league team. Obviously, the band from Elland Road is the favorite in round 2 of the competition, although it doesn’t have a great history.
Leeds United :
Leeds started the Premier League season with a bitter defeat, 3-4 on Liverpool’s field, after a match in which the second league champion really played well and would have deserved (at least) one point. Bielsa encouraged his students: “There is no point in thinking too much about the result, but rather what we could do to not end up in the situation of receiving four goals.” Hull is a team that has long since lost its ambitions of glory, being far from the days when Andy Robertson and his colleagues fought on an equal footing with the English giants, under the command of Phil Brown. Hull has a 8.00 odds to win and cannot count on the injured Elder on Wednesday.
In Leeds it is possible to see some reserves, and Berardi and Forshaw will certainly not play, being injured. If Leeds started the season with a spectacular failure, Hull has the right to hope for promotion to the second division: in the first round they beat Gillingham 2-0, away, with goals from Lewis-Potter (‘3) and Magennis (’82). Magennis is the player who was eliminated from the Northern Ireland camp, in the match with Romania (1-1), from the UEFA Nations League. However, Hull’s group includes too few good players to scare the hosts.
Hull City :
Too few announced a good start to the season for Hull, who are now preparing for the round 3 duel with West Ham, if the Londoners eliminate Charlton. As for the Leeds team, the white team was eliminated from the 2nd round of the League Cup in each of the last two seasons, so the optimism is not even at high levels on Wednesday. However, Leeds won the trophy in 1968, when Don Revie’s team made a sensation in the English championship. Since then, Leeds have played only one final, in 1996, clearly losing to Aston Villa.
Overall, it is clear that Leeds is a better team than Hull, but we expect Bielsa to make changes to their basic “11”, which can give guests hope. We know that Rodrigo could make a difference, and Hull is a team grinded by internal problems in recent years, problems that are also felt in terms of the structure of the group of “tigers”. Leeds United will probably prevail, but we are not expecting an offensive festival from any of the teams.
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals to win @ 1,70