Leeds v Chelsea Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions
Leeds primed for third EPL scalp of League Cup run?December 18th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Leeds v Chelsea Betting Preview
This is the last quarter final of the Capital One Cup to be settled now, as Premier League side Chelsea return from their failure in the FIFA Club World Cup to take on Championship side Leeds. The winner will join Arsenal’s conquerors Bradford, Aston Villa and Swansea in the semi final line up. The draw will be made after this final quarter final. With the Championship side coming into some form, and taking out Premier League sides in the competition already, will they, like Bradford be able to claim a big quarter final scalp?
Leeds v Chelsea Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Chelsea 4/6, Draw 3/1, Leeds 15/4
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Leeds boss Neil Warnock has already seen his side claim two Premier League scalps at Elland Road this season in the League Cup, as they beat Southampton 3-0 in the fourth round and Everton in the third round. So they could be on a big trend to something here as they go looking for their second League Cup title. The Whites won it all the way back in 1968 and their best run since then was finishing runners up in the 1996 final. In the Championship, Leeds have won four of their last five matches, returning a 2-0 home win over Ipswich on Saturday. In that run they took out promotion-chasing Crystal Palace and a big derby win over Huddersfield, so they are in a confident mood. They won’t be fazed by the arrival of Chelsea. Ross McCormack has netted six goals in his last eight League Cup appearances for Leeds and the club have notched up six wins and one defeat in their last seven games in the competition. Further positives for the Championship side is that they have kept three clean sheets in their last four League Cup matches as well, and with Chelsea heading all the way back from Japan, could they catch the Premier League side cold?
Chelsea’s preparations for this haven’t been superb, not with the distraction of the Club World Cup, where the Londoners lost in the final against Brazilians Corinthians. New boss Rafa Benitez is still taking some time to settle into things and get the club going. They can take some comforts from history though because Chelsea have won the previous two meetings in the League Cup and they will be favourites. The Blues needed extra time to battle their way past Manchester United in the fourth round and that was after thrashing Wolves 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Third Round. The Blues have won three penalty kicks in their two League Cup matches so far, and they are on a long unbeaten streak on the road in the competition. Chelsea have won nine and lost none of their last eleven away games in the League Cup. Defender Gary Cahill is trending for the Blues in the competition, scoring in both of their games so far, but his red card in the final of the Club World Cup will mean he misses out in this game. If Benitez doesn’t shuffle his pack too much for this one, then Chelsea may have enough in the tank, but although they are down as favourites with the bookies, 59% of all bets have gone down on a Leeds win here. So there is a big chance of an upset at Elland Road from a fighting Leeds and may just be worth backing them outright to snatch the win over the European champions. Leeds are well priced at 15/4 with online bookmaker Bet365 to take the win.
Leeds LWWWLW, Chelsea DLWWWL
Leeds have knocked out Premier League sides Everton and Southampton already
Leeds have kept clean sheets in three of their last four League Cup matches
Chelsea have lost none of the last 11 away games in the League Cup
Chelsea have won both of the previous League Cup meetings between the two sides
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