An hour left until the Round Two matchup with Luton Town. I can’t get over some of the photos I’m seeing of Kenilworth Road either... as an American sports fan, we really don’t have anything like the stadium in Luton. Jealous beyond belief for all of you able to make the trip tonight.
Our Jack Dudley will be there, and he wrote up a great preview of the match here, so read that before the match starts. We’ll have plenty of coverage here at Through It All Together after the final whistle, live-tweets of the game at @ThruItAllLIVE, and we’ll be updating this gamethread with all the information as it comes in, lineups, predictions, everything... AND our staff and readers will be hanging out in the comments throughout the rest of the night. Join us there.
Let’s build on Saturday and keep moving in the right direction. Besides, a third round draw in the EFL Cup could be really, really fun.
Luton Town vs. Leeds United
EFL Cup Round Two
Kenilworth Road, Luton
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT
Leeds United’s lineup
Silvestri, Coyle, Jansson, Bamba, Denton, Murphy, Grimes, Hernandez, Dallas, Roofe, Doukara
Subs: Green, Ayling, Cooper, Phillips, Mowatt, Sacko, Antonsson
Luton Town’s lineup
Walton, O'Donnell, Mullins, Rea, Potts, Lee, McGeehan, Smith, Gray, Hylton, Marriott
Subs: King, Cuthbert, Cook, Mpanzu, Vassell, McQuoid, Justin
PREDICTION (made before we saw the lineups, holy crap, changes Garry)
Johnny Wakefield: 1-2 Leeds in AET. I think we build on our defensive improvement against Sheffield Wednesday, but it won’t be the impressive win it should be, leaving doubts to rise about the Massimo-Monk marriage yet again.
Matt Robinson: 1-4 Leeds. I think it'll be a fairly tight cagey game to start, as most of these British cup affairs are, but Leeds's class will shine through in the second. We will still slip up at the back but our strength is in attack at the moment and I can see us opening them up a fair few times.
Ben Mallis: 0-2 Leeds. After the euphoria of Saturday’s derby victory, part of me is almost expecting United to slip up midweek, but I just cannot see it. We will have too much class for Luton and I expect our blossoming frontline will do the job.
Jack Dudley: 0-2 Leeds. It's important we win this one. We need to keep the belief in the squad and go into Saturday full of confidence. We win, with Sacko and Mowatt on the sheet.
Sean Ryan: 0-3 Leeds. We played well last Saturday and need to push on against a team we should be beating with the kids out. That being said, Bamba might be playing so there is just as good a chance we'll lose 12-0. My disdain for that bumbling idiot aside, Antonsson and Wood seem to be clicking and a game like tonight could be a chance to see more of Roofe and Grimes. As the only one to say we'd win against Wednesday I'm smugly saying we'll keep it going.
Joshua Gilbert: 0-2 Leeds. Luton Town beat Aston Villa pretty good in their last cup game, but the Whites should not be worried. Leeds are on a good run at the moment and I expect it to continue.
We’re an optimistic bunch all of a sudden. Winning will do that to you. Here’s what you had to say, nearly 90% positive right now...
So let’s do it. See you in the comments and on the live-tweets. #MOT