Fleetwood Town v Leeds United: Big match preview

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Check out our at a glance guide to Leeds United’s EPL Cup clash with Fleetwood Town.

Key battle

Uwe Rosler takes training at Fleetwood Town. PIC: Neil Cross

Uwe Rosler takes training at Fleetwood Town. PIC: Neil Cross

Uwe Rosler v Garry Monk: A former Leeds United head coach against the current incumbent – and neither man will want to lose. Rosler has a score to settle with Leeds after his short and sour 12-game spell in charge but Monk needs a result having watched his side start the season with a bad defeat to QPR on Sunday. In reality the league is a priority for both of them but there is plenty of pride at stake this evening.

Key man

Bobby Grant: The striker came up with 11 goals last season and that tally was a factor in keeping Fleetwood Town in League One. The club won only 12 games and avoided relegation by a five-point margin, helped by a final-day win over Crewe Alexandra in which Grant scored the opener. Fleetwood need another decent haul from him.

Last time

First-ever meeting between the clubs.

Expert view

Phil Hay says: “With a win behind them, Leeds would have looked like a shoo-in to make it through this tie. But Sunday’s defeat to QPR has put immediate pressure on Monk’s squad and much as Monk will be judged on United’s league form, a concerted response is needed tonight. For all that the trip to Loftus Road was gruelling, Leeds have the resources to beat Fleetwood and should see them off inside 90 minutes.“

Odds

Home win – 23/10; draw – 5/2; away win – 7/5.

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