Eleven seasons ago, Leeds and Bradford met twice in the Premier League, although the west Yorkshire rivals have fallen on harder times in the ensuing years, with United on the recovery path although the Bantams are just about surviving in the Football League.
Peter Jackson is the latest manager to try and turn fortunes around at Valley Parade and his League Two side can count on the support of thousands of fans this coming Tuesday at Elland Road. A shock victory would be just the pick-me-up that City need after an opening day defeat against Aldershot and they are a 5/1 chance (bet365 – £200 free bets).
Leeds were also beaten on the opening day of the season, with Simon Grayson’s team losing 3-1 at Southampton and Simon Grayson will want to use this fixture as a confidence booster which should see a strong team selected.
The home side are an 8/15 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) and many people will be availing themselves of these odds considering that two divisions separate the two teams and that Leeds have the players to make life very difficult for the visitors.
Max-Alain Gradel was on the scoresheet at St Mary’s and he is 11/2 (Paddy Power) to open the scoring, with Billy Paynter on offer at 5/1 with Ladbrokes. Ross McCormack also looks a big price at 13/2 (Paddy Power). Leeds seem like a huge price at 13/10 (William Hill) to lead at half-time and full-time in a competition where they will want to make a big run.