Premier League new boys Leeds United enjoy the midweek distraction of EFL Cup football when entertaining Hull City at Elland Road from 19:45 GMT. This game is one of five played in the competition on Tuesday and the locals will be confident of securing a pass to the next phase. Can the Tigers pull off an upset?
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Leeds battled hard against champions
Leeds United return to action following a dramatic 4-3 defeat against last season’s Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. The Peacocks brought the curtain up on their top tier return with a battling performance against Jurgen Klopp’s reds, scoring through Harrison, Bamford and Klich but they were undone by a hattrick for Salah as well as a strike from van Dijk.
They may have left Merseyside without any points to show for their efforts, but they proved beyond all doubt that Leeds belong at that level and they’ll take confidence from that near miss. Those connected to the home dressing room will know anything near a repeat performance in midweek should be enough to see them through.
Hull start with a win
Hull were also back in action at the weekend when beating Gillingham 2-0 away from home in their opening match of the League One season. The Tigers will plan to get out of the third tier of English football as the earliest opportunity and they laid down a marker for the year ahead. Despite taking confidence from that result, Hull know the EFL Cup presents a much tougher task.
Lewis-Potter had Tigers ahead inside three minutes against Gillingham and it looked like the floodgates would swing open after that, but it took them until the 82nd minute to add a second and finally put the game to bed. Magennis got the winner to deliver his employers three points.
Leeds vs Hull prediction
Two divisions separate these sides and if Leeds United play as well as they did against Liverpool, they will expect to show their class and grab the win. Hull are a determined outfit but a strong history of upsets, but this could prove a bridge too far.
EFL Cup odds
The betting for this EFL Cup match at 22bet has Leeds United priced as 19/50 favourites to secure victory with the draw trading at 77/20. Those preferring to take a chance on Hull City causing an upset and leaving Elland Road with the win can back them at 76/10.