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Rupert Wyman 19th Sep 2011 - 11:41

The Forss is with Leeds

Leeds United go into this clash with a realistic chance of beating Man United. United beat Chelsea at the weekend in the Premier League and although Sir Alex would never want to lose to Leeds, in his eyes, he has bigger fish to fry than this Championship club.

Leeds will relish the tie, the side probably have an outside chance of making the play-offs but they can beat the Red Devils in the cup at 5/1. The draw is 3/1 and the Man United win looks far too short at 8/15.

Man United may play Giggs and Berbatov but the majority of the team will be made up from the reserve and youth team. Leeds will be really up for the clash, Grayson understands the importance of the match to the Whites' fans.

Leeds have home advantage and they come into the match with high morale, they have won their previous two league matches against Crystal Palace and Bristol City and they are steadily climbing the table.

They may start Becchio and the Argentinean wizard is 8/1 to grab the first goal. They may also give a start to the former Chelsea whiz-kid Forssell. When he arrived at Chelsea, he looked like he had a massive future in the game but knee problems hindered his progress.

He has spent most his career in Germany, but what a way it would be to start his time at Leeds, with a goal against United. He is 7/2 to score anytime and he is a natural goal-scorer.  Man United's defending was very average against Chelsea and at times in disciplined.

Leeds are careless at the back and in an open affair, it looks likely to be over 2.5 goals at 2/5. I would stay away from the goal markets because I anticipate a high scoring affair and both sides will play attacking football.

In the match handicaps market, you can back Leeds +1 goal at 6/4. Elland Road can be an intimidating fortress for away players and Man United will not be playing their first team. The fans will lay-off abusing Ken Bates and they will get behind the club, there is no reason why they cannot get the better of the Manchester club.

You can also back Leeds or the draw at 6/4, the last time these two teams clashed in a cup competition, a solitary Beckford goal secured Leeds a shock 1-0 away win at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.  It is 20/1 for Leeds to beat the Premier League champions by that score-line.

Leeds can exploit the United players that are lacking in first team football and Sir Alex can be made to pay for rotating his squad. The fans of the Reds will be hoping that the lack of match action will inspire their players to perform at a high level but Leeds, who in my eyes will start next season a Championship club, could have the last laugh.

 

 

 
 
 

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