Competition: Carabao Cup
Market: Leeds win by 2+goals
Odds: 8/11 @ 888sport
In what is a Yorkshire derby showdown on Wednesday night, Leeds will welcome Barnsley to Elland Road for a Carabao Cup tie.
Starting with the hosts, while Leeds might have only just hung onto their Premier League status on the final weekend back in May, Jesse Marsch’s men have come roaring back. Opening up the 2022/23 campaign with a turnaround 2-1 victory at home against Wolves, the one-time RB Leipzig boss saw his side lay down a stunning marker last weekend. In what was a famous display at Elland Road, the Whites stormed their way to a 3-0 romp against former European champions and title dark horses Chelsea. Now racking up seven points from their opening three Premier League outings, Leeds should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Really showing a clinical edge in the final third, there is no doubt that Marsch’s high-flying squad should be smelling another chance here.
As for the visitors, after losing their Championship status last season after a nightmare campaign at Oakwell, Barnsley are in the midst of another worrying rut. Mustering just six points from their opening five League One outings, Michael Duff’s side were last seen putting in a hugely concerning display last weekend. Hit with a dreadful 3-0 drumming at home against Wycombe, the Tykes will be more than aware that they face a huge task on Wednesday night. Making the trip across Yorkshire, it should also be noted that Barnsley hold a downbeat record against their local rivals. Suffering a 1-0 loss at Elland Road when they last faced off against Leeds in July 2017, Duff’s men have lost each of their last four meetings against the Premier League outfit by an aggregate score of 7-1.
Bet: Leeds 8/11 to beat Barnsley by 2+ goals in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie @ 888sport
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