Inspired by Fulham counterpart Felix Magath – the cat for whom the Capital One Cup represented the ninth life in which he saved his job – Leeds boss David Hockaday will purchase himself some additional days at the Elland Road helm by guiding his side to victory over Bradford.
The Whites make the shortest of short trips to Valley Parade for this Capital One Cup second-round clash and are available to back at 8/5 to claim the spoils, an identical offering to that of their neighbours, with the draw on offer at 9/4.
Given the contrasting fortunes of both clubs on the pitch so far – Leeds have lost three of four in the league, while Bradford are unbeaten in 75 per cent of their third-tier matches – punters can be far from certain the Championship club will emerge triumphant here, but these factors add value to their price:
Not since 1986 have the Bantams bested their local foes.
Hockaday’s charges have come out on top in each of the previous seven all west Yorkshire affairs, aside from a 1-1 draw between the pair in 2000.
The visitors prevailed in both League Cup meetings to take place during the period in question and have stockpiled 11 goals in their past three duels with this particular adversary.
Bradford are far from watertight on the homestead.
Only once since March have Phil Parkinson’s men kept a guest at bay, with seven away dressing room occupants notching at least once in that time.
Their solitary home win of the season so far is owed to an injury-time decider in a game in which they shipped twice, while the Peterborough backline wasn’t perturbed in recording a 1-0 win over the 2012/13 Capital One Cup finalists last time out.
Leeds haven’t been knocked out of this competition by a lower league opponent since 2006/07.
They’ve participated in seven League Cups since and it’s taken a Premier League outfit to revoke their credentials in five of these.
A second-tier Derby team dismissed them in 2008/09 when the Whites resided in League One, meaning Leicester are the only side in recent seasons to have terminated their interest in the tournament that were on a divisional par.