After a strong start to the campaign Leeds’ Championship challenge has come off the rails in recent weeks, but they can get back to winning ways by landing bumper odds of 4/1 with a shock win at Newcastle in the Capital One Cup third round.
The Premier League side are 13/20 to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat against Hull with a win, with the draw at 13/5, but Geordies boss Alan Pardew should be wary of picking a team similar to the scratch side that took 84 minutes to score at League Two Morecambe in the last round.
Goals from Sammy and Shola Ameobi finally got them past the spirited Shrimps in a match that saw Newcastle defenders Paul Dummet and Curtis Good given their first starts for the club.
Elland Road chief Brian McDermott gave this competition a right go last season when managing Reading and only exited in the last-16 after being gunned-down 7-5 by Arsenal, despite the Royals racing into a 4-0 lead in that game.
Regular first-teamers Paddy Kenny and Ross McCormack helped Leeds see off Chesterfield and Doncaster in previous rounds and McDermott’s men will be desperate to emulate or better their quarter-final appearance in 2012/13 this season.
In the last half-decade the former Premier League regulars have sprung some massive cup upsets, with a 1-0 FA Cup third round win at bitter rivals Man Utd in January 2010 and a 2-1 victory at home to Spurs one round further on last season.
While their displays in this campaign leave something to be desired, Leeds have only lost one game away from home out of five so far and their opponents come into this tie in patchy form.
The loss against the Tigers ended Newcastle’s four-match unbeaten run in all competitions following their 4-0 opening day loss at Man City and they have slipped below Steve Bruce’s side to 12th-place in the top flight as a result.
Nine home wins were a big factor in their Premier League survival last year, but they also got beat the same amount of times at St James’ Park, which was the joint-highest number of home losses in the division.
McDermott’s charges can inflict a second home defeat in five days at their inconsistent hosts and reward the mass of travelling Leeds fans as well as those willing to lump on bwin’s very generous odds.