A humdrum opening to Dave Hockaday’s Leeds tenure saw the Yorkshire side slain 2-0 by London foes Millwall and, as they tend to Championship matters, their pursuit of Capital One Cup glory will be cast aside.
A second defeat in as many games awaits the Whites when they take on League Two’s Accrington Stanley, whose monster 21/4 price for victory is the biggest in our colossal 82/1 underdogs treble.
Accrington Stanley to beat Leeds @ 21/4
The Lancastrian outfit head to Elland Road looking to add a second scalp from the second-tier to the one they claimed at Middlesbrough a year ago.
Boro were in a similar state to Stanley’s next adversaries, having underwhelmed and, ultimately, lost on day one against a backdrop of behind-the-scenes turmoil.
James Beattie’s side prevailed 2-1 on that day to record their first ever win in the competition and they can capitalise on Leeds’ potentially-averted attentions here.
Conceding United’s fine record in the early rounds of the Capital One Cup, this is obviously a big long-shot, but the visitors are not without a shout despite their gigantic price.
Colchester to beat Charlton @ 18/5
The Essex outfit travel to south London where they tackle an Addicks side that have failed to win five of seven at the Valley.
A League One outfit halted their run in this cup two seasons back and no host in three has managed to get the better of Joe Dunne’s troops.
Crawley to beat Ipswich @ 19/10
The Tractor Boys haven’t taken this competition too seriously in recent seasons, losing to Stevenage, Carlisle and Northampton.
After commencing the campaign with victory at Barnsley, John Gregory’s outfit will be looking to take advantage of any lackadaisical antics from the visitors and replicate their 2012/13 heroics in this competition, where they bested not one, but two second-tier sides en route to the third round.