Recent history is littered with small-fry slayings of Leeds in cup competitions, but those upsets rarely occur in the opening round of the Capital One Cup.
This being the case, the Whites must be backed for victory at Doncaster this evening, an eventuality priced at 6/4 with bwin.com.
Rovers are on offer at a shade longer 7/4, leaving the draw as a 23/10 outsider, but neither of these match-betting alternatives need be considered with the case supporting an away win such a convincing one.
Not since 2002/03 have the Whites been ejected in their opening League Cup clash.
Two of these matches occurred when they were a part of the Premier League fraternity, thus took place in the second round of the competition.
Since then, they’ve navigated the first hurdle 11 seasons running without recourse to extra time.
After seeing off two of these adversaries, they’ve gone on to play Doncaster.
Both games were contested at the Keepmoat Stadium and both were won by Leeds, again, inside 90 minutes.
They prevailed 3-1 in south Yorkshire two years ago, after winning by a 2-1 scoreline in 2011.
These results took their undefeated streak on Rovers’ patch to ten matches, with their last loss coming in 1951.
Seven of Leeds’ last eight league and cup visits to this venue have ended victoriously, while they also claimed the spoils in their two inter-Yorkshire road games this year, at first Sheffield Wednesday, then Huddersfield.
As if these omens weren’t overwhelming enough, Doncaster’s 1-1 draw with Bury last time out means they’ve failed to win six of seven home matches stretching back to last season.