Leeds take on the visitors Barnsley in the 1/32 finals of English Football League Cup. The match will be played on Wednesday, August 24th at Allan Road (Leeds).
Leeds managed to survive in the Premier League, but they had to sacrifice Bielsa. The Whites have been hanging out in the Championship for a long time. And only Marcelo, and then from the 2nd attempt, was able to return them to the Premier League, and then keep them there. But with all his experience and talent, the "Mad" failed to fully cope with the "syndrome of the 2nd season." The popular team was constantly in a fever, they could not break away from the relegation zone. Jesse Marsh, who replaced the Argentinean, was able to give impulse to the team and take the “saving” 17th place. In the new season, the team, which was quite noticeably updated during the "window", started quite nicely: 2-1 with Wolverhampton at home, 2-2 at Southampton. But, most importantly, they shocked Chelsea by beating him 3-0. The only question is whether the team has moved away from such a bright success in these couple of days.
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Barnsley are back in League 1. The “Mongrel” spends recent years trying to gain a foothold at least at the level of the Championship. All successes in this regard are extremely short-lived. But even against the general background, last season turned out to be a complete failure: only 6 wins and 30 points in 46 fights, and, of course, the last place. However, Markus Schopp, a good Austrian midfielder in the past, has retained his position, which he has held since the previous calendar year. Obviously, they were waiting for this mentor to return the project to the Championship. But so far in League 1, Barnsley alternates victories with defeats. But it turned out to have already overcome the first opponent in the League Cup. Moreover, they were also the favorite of the couple: on August 10, they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on the road.
Leeds have played well against Barnsley in recent years. All 4 recent fights brought victory to the "whites", however, after 2020, the teams did not intersect. Leeds is unlikely to put up the optimal line-up. But Barnsley are very weak opponent, so the “white” reservists should be able to handle it without any problems. We are waiting for the victory of the home team at Elland Road with a handicap of "-1.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Leeds to win with -1.5 handicap.