There’s nothing better than a mid-week match against a lower division squad to make you forget about a loss in the league on the weekend. Well, that is, as long as you win. Monk, Clotet, and company must feel the pressure to perform tonight against Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town, and they absolutely must look better than they did on Sunday against Queens Park Rangers.
Our Anthony Linley previewed the match yesterday, and as most of us should be, he seemed hopeful. But a second straight loss to start the season could be catastrophic for Garry Monk as we all know Massimo Cellino loves to use the Vaudeville Hook far faster than most.
The “hottest seat in football” warmed up really quickly for Uwe Rosler last season after losing to Doncaster Rovers in Leeds’ League Cup opener; let’s hope it cools down a bit for Monk after tonight.
And it looks like both Pablo and the away Blues are making their debut tonight. Heart eyes emoji, those are stellar.
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Alright, here we go. The first cup tie of the 2016/17 season starts...... at 7:45pm BT.
Fleetwood Town v. Leeds United
EFL Cup First Round
Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds, BeIN Sports
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT
Leeds United’s lineup
Green, Coyle, Bartley, Cooper, Taylor, Phillips, Vieira, Hernandez, Sacko, Roofe, Wood
Subs: Turnbull, Denton, Bamba, Grimes, Mowatt, Dallas, Antonsson.
Fleetwood Town’s lineup
Neal, McLaughlin, Bell, Jonsson, Eastham, Ryan (C), Amadi-Holloway, Ball, Bolger, Nirennold, Cole
Subs: Cairns, Pond, Kip, B. Grant, Duckworth, Haughton, Hunter.
Johnny Wakefield: 3-0 Leeds. I think Garry Monk and company feel the need to rebound from Sunday’s debacle, and they’ll do so with a perfect storm of swift vengeance against Uwe’s fishermen. Looking forward to this one. (God help us if I’m wrong.)
Anthony Linley: 2-1 Leeds. United should have too much in attack for the Cod Army, but away in the Cup? It may be close.
Matt Robinson: 3-0 Leeds. Hernandez and Mowatt will be the difference tonight. I reckon they will both start and will both overrun central midfield. Wood and Roofe have a point to prove after not being up much on Saturday and it'll be a quiet night in defense, so I don't care who we pick. Fleetwood aren't good enough to be on the same pitch as us. Simple.
John Horne: 2-0 Leeds. Already in a must win situation. Leeds gonna Leeds.
Sean Ryan: 4-1 Leeds. We need a big performance and Rosler’s Fleetwood can provide that. Roofe, Antonsson, Wood and Grimes need a big match.
Jack Dudley: 2-1 Leeds. Depends on the team selected tonight, but I think Grimes needs to make way for Mowatt, the lad needs to start proving himself and would like a game tonight. Dallas was poor against QPR, not that the rest were any better, but I'd like to see Sacko come in. I also think it's a chance to try a 4-4-2 with Wood and Antonsson up top together to see how it works. In my eyes it's almost a 'nothing to lose match', we won't win the whole thing, so why not use it to trial something that might help us in the league?
Joshua Gilbert: 3-1 Leeds. I think that Fleetwood Town will score first, but Garry Monk won't let his team lose a 2nd game in a row and he will tactically change his team to counter Fleetwood's style of play. I think Wood will get 2 goals today, and that Garry Monk will make us all proud.
We’re a confident bunch. Here’s how you’re feeling, before the game....
Let’s do this. See you in the comments. #MOT