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Leeds United v Southampton: Match Preview

Match Preview ahead of Leeds United's game with Premier League Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

Nigel Adkins' Southampton stand between United and a place in the quarter final of the League Cup.
Nigel Adkins' Southampton stand between United and a place in the quarter final of the League Cup.
Mike Hewitt

Leeds United have the chance to reach the quarter final of the League Cup this evening when they host Premier League Southampton in the fourth round. Should Neil Warnock be successful, it will be the first time United have reached the quarter final since the 1995/6 season when Leeds lost to Aston Villa in the final. The Whites have got a terrible recent record against tonight's opponents though, having lost five of the last six meetings, scoring only two goals in the process. Given United's lack of attacking threat in the last few league games, it might not be a record that improves tonight.

Team News:

Ryan Hall is not available for selection having already played in this years competition for Southend United. There are also question marks over Michael Tonge, Lee Peltier and Rodolph Austin who all face late fitness tests before Neil Warnock can pick his side.

Tadanari Lee is fit again for Southampton following an elbow problem while former Leeds captain Frazer Richardson could also return following a thigh injury. Jack Cork is also nearing a return to action after being sidelined with a knee injury.

One To Watch:

Southampton may not have had the best start to life back in the Premier League but Rickie Lambert has picked up where he left off in the Football League. Lambert has got four goals to his name so far as he looks to help Southampton to their first league win of the season and his goal was the difference in a game which United deserved to win at Elland Road last year. Leeds will need to keep Lambert out if they are to have any chance of outscoring Southampton on Tuesday night.

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My Predicted United Line-up:

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Jamie Ashdown has played in all the cup games so far and I think he might get the nod again tonight. I think that Peltier and Tonge will pass their fitness tests but I don't think Rodolph Austin will be risked, especially not with a game coming up so soon on Friday night against Brighton.

My Prediction:

Despite our awful record against Southampton and despite our poor recent league form I think United will win tonight. I think we will beat Southampton and play really well and then turn up at Brighton on Friday and lose. It will be tough, Southampton have had a bad start in the Premier league and will be looking to get that winning feeling back against Leeds but I think United will come out on top.

Last Six Meetings:

3rd March 2012: Leeds United 0-1 Southampton

6th August 2011: Southampton 3-1 Leeds United

13th March 2010: Southampton 1-0 Leeds United

19th December 2009: Leeds United 1-0 Southampton

21st April 2007: Southampton 1-0 Leeds United

18th November 2006: Leeds United 0-3 Southampton