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Stuart Dalgleish 10th Aug 2009 - 10:22

The road to Wembley starts here

It's fairly safe to say that neither of Darlington or Leeds will be at the final in February but for the hosts it's the chance to get some much needed revenue from the Sky cameras.

After a summer of turmoil with a huge turnover in players and staff Darlo look like they could be back on a firm footing after finally coming out of administration and getting a new owner - with Raj Singh taking over just before the start of the season.

Colin Todd has been appointed as manager, with a wealth of experience behind him, and has acted quickly; bringing in the likes of Dean Windass and Chris Lumsdon who have plenty of knowhow in the lower leagues, to try build up a squad that can stabilise itself - for the time being - in League 2.

I'm sure Todd eventually has aspirations of getting The Quakers out of this division but for this season anyway the target has surely got to be just to consolidate.

Will they be able to cause a shock tonight?

Probably not very likely as Leeds manager Simon Grayson has said he will take a near full strength side to the Northeast - although changes will be made to the centre of defence with Rui Marques and new signing Patrick Kisnorbo both having been called up for international duty.

The Whites have certainly proved vulnerable to supposedly inferior teams in the cup though, Histon giving everyone (apart from Leeds fans) a good laugh in dumping then manager Gary McAllister's team out of the FA Cup in the 2nd round last season.

At that particular stage of the season Leeds were really struggling, particularly away from home, so although it was considered a shock at the time, people were thinking of it as non-league Histon knocking out mighty Leeds United but in reality it was a team towards the top of the Conference beating a League 1 team who had lost their previous four games - something that happens on a regular basis in the FA Cup.

Darlington have never beaten Leeds in a competitive game and at odds of 19/5 (2/1 to qualify for the next round) that record isn't expected to change tonight, the draw is priced up at 13/5. Under Grayson, Leeds (8/11 to win in 90 minutes, 4/11 to qualify) have been a much tougher nut to crack, losing only six of his 28 games in charge and should have too much quality to see of Darlo tonight - a 2-0 win for The Whites available at 6/1.

For the hosts to get anything out of this game they'll be looking towards veteran striker Dean Windass to help them out with a goal - the number 10 is a 10/1 shot to get the opener, 7/2 to score at anytime.

If United are to rotate their side then a good each way bet for the first goal could be Andy Robinson, the skilful winger came off the bench to good effect last season in a number of games, weighing in with four cup goals, he's a 12/1 chance to open the scoring and 5/1 just to score at anytime - it could be great value if The Whites are to get any chances from set pieces.

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