Leeds put on an incredible display on their return to the Premier League, and were eventually unlucky to go down 4-3 away at defending champions Liverpool. They’ve been heavily praised for taking the game to the reds and will be kicking themselves that they succumbed to a brace of Mo Salah penalties, though it should fill them with confidence heading into this one.
These two headed in opposite directions last year, with Hull enjoying a terrible run of results in the back half of last season to see them relegated to League one. They enjoyed a winning start to life in League one, beating Gillingham 2-0 away from home, though that’s just their second win in 24 matches across all competitions now, a run stretching back to mid January and Leeds should prove to have too much for the Tigers on this occasion.
The visitors scraped through their opening round game on penalties after a goalless draw with Sunderland, while they also got dumped out of the Football League Trophy by Leicester’s under-21 side just last week, so we don’t hold much hope for them here.
The head-to-heads also don’t make for pretty reading for Hull fans, with them having won just the solitary game in the last eight meetings, and losing both clashes in last season’s Championship by an aggregate 6-0. In fact, The Whites have conceded in just one of the six meetings since April 2016, and with them holding the best defence in the league last season, there’s a case to be made for them keeping a clean sheet here.
Since Jarrod Bowen’s last goal for the club in the first game of 2020, Hull drew a blank in half of their 20 remaining Championship fixtures which saw them relegated bottom of the table and Bowen take their top scorer for a third successive season, despite leaving for West Ham in the January transfer window. Nobody in Hull’s squad has more than five league goals in 2020 as they seem to now be lacking a talisman, while Leeds have a host of goalscoring options, with Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mattheus Klich already up and running in the Premier League and we’d expect them to put their visitors to the sword.
Since a remarkable semi-final run in this competition for Hull back in 2016/17, they’ve exited at this exact stage in each of the last three seasons, and we’d expect them to do the same here as they focus their attention on getting themselves back into the Championship for next season.
Leeds Win to Nil @ 5/4