Leeds United travel to Doncaster Rovers on Thursday evening in what promises to be a thrilling Yorkshire derby. Here our reporter Phil Hay takes a look at the key battles, the main players and gives his verdict on the match ahead.
Key Battle - Richie Wellens v Lewis Cook
Wellens has been one of the Football League’s more underrated players during the course of his career but time marches on and he’ll turn 36 next year. Presuming that he and Cook both start his evening, United’s precocious teeanger will have the opportunity to boss the midfield with his pace and energy. That’s where United’s drive is coming from.
Key Man - Rob Jones
A huge presence at the centre of Doncaster’s defence and someone who Rovers will depend on tonight. Leeds won’t be at full strength but they are likely to see plenty of the ball and the hosts need a repeat of the defensive performance which earned them a point against Bury on Saturday - especially if Chris Wood starts.
Last time at the Keepmoat Stadium:
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Doncaster Rovers 0 Leeds United 3
Goals: Leeds - Smith 19, McCormack 76, Austin 87.
Phil Hay’s Verdict:
Uwe Rosler wouldn’t go so far as to call the League Cup a lesser priority but his team tonight is likely to tell its own story. He’ll change his line-up around with Reading away to come on Sunday but Leeds should still have the players they need to reach to the second round. The club’s record at the Keepmoat is almost perfect.
Match Odds (to win in 90 minutes):
Home win - 2/1
Draw - 13/5
Away win - 16/11