Leeds are bwin’s narrow favourites to get past Doncaster in their Carling Cup second-round clash at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight.
The Elland Road outfit are priced at football betting odds of 27/20 to get the win inside 90 minutes, with a draw available at 9/4 and a home victory rated as a 39/20 shot.
Doncaster are struggling in the Championship, but produced their finest display of the season thus far in this tournament – a 3-0 demolition at home to Tranmere.
Rovers raced into a two-goal advantage by half-time in that game, and can hit the
ground running again in this welcome distraction from league competition.
Fringe players such as Steve Brooker will be eager to get on the scoresheet and prove their worth in the absence of top scorer Billy Sharp.
Furthermore, Leeds have conceded first in four of their five games this season, including in their 3-2 victory over Bradford in the previous round of the Carling Cup.
With this in mind, punters may be tempted by the 23/20 odds on Doncaster to break the deadlock tonight.
Leeds are likely to rotate players from their 2-2 draw at West Ham
over the weekend, and it may not be until the second half that we see the likes of potential match-winners Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass introduced.
Such players could get a longer run-out than they may think, with extra-time a distinct possibility in such a close-looking encounter.
Indeed, the sides played out a goalless draw in the equivalent fixture in the Championship last season, so perhaps the 9/4 for a draw in 90 minutes this time could be worth a punt.
However, the defensive frailties of both teams, coupled with the seven goals shared by the sides in Leeds’ 5-2 win over Rovers at Elland Road in March, tells me to expect goals at the Keepmoat.
With the Whites having conceded nine goals in five outings thus far, and Donny seven in the same amount of games, the 11/5 odds for over 3.5 goals in the game are surely too good to miss.
Alternatively, punters looking to use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on a long shot should look no further than Leeds to be behind at half-time, but to win in 90 minutes.
This selection represents sensational value at 22/1, which would offer a tasty win of £575 should Grayson’s men progress in a similar fashion to the last round.
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