Leeds handed EFL Cup second round tie against Hull City

06 Sep 2020 07:31 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Just as Leeds United are preparing to put the Football League behind them and kick off the new Premier League season against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, the EFL gave us a rude reminder that they still exist by announcing the draws for the second and third rounds of the Carabao Cup. With the first round of matches completed this weekend, Leeds United will join the other twelve Premier League teams not involved in European competition along with the 35 round one winners in the second round of the cup.

Leeds were pulled out of the hat along with Hull City for a Yorkshire Derby at Elland Road, the ‘Tigers’ having progressed to the second round following victory over Sunderland on penalties. It will be the first time the two sides have ever faced each other in a cup competition, though they have played each other 52 times in the second tier of English football. Leeds have the advantage with 25 victories to Hull’s 15. With odds that much in Leeds’ favour you might want a Betfair promo code to back The Whites progressing to the third round. The two teams competed twice in last seasons Championship with Leeds winning 2-0 at Elland Road and 4-0 at the KCOM Stadium.

The fixture at Elland Road saw Leeds take the lead late on through a Jordy de Wijs own goal before Gjanni Alioski sealed the points for the Whites. The return match in February was a bit of a rout for, a comprehensive second half performance from Leeds United saw them run out four nil winners. An early second half goal from Pablo Hernandez and a brace from Tyler Roberts killed off Hull and Leeds were rampant after that playing some lovely flowing football. The first half had been a different story, despite an early goal from Luke Ayling the game was scrappy, Hull battled hard and Leeds took a while to get a grip on the game. Eventually though, they got into their stride and ran out justified and strong winners.

The second round ties will be played during the week commencing 14th September 2020. A win will see the victors had to London for a third round tie against either West Ham or Charlton Athletic. Other notable second round fixtures include newly promoted Harrogate Town against West Brom, Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers and the all Premier League tie of Burnley vs Sheffield United. The third round draw has already given us one all Premier League tie with Arsenal heading to Leicester City. Third round ties will be played during the week commencing 21st September.