Cambridge vs. Leeds / FA Cup – On Monday evening we have just one match of the third round of English FA Cup, which at the same time closes the round. Fourth-league Cambridge will face Championship Leeds and by that it is clear who is the favourite here. Both teams are in great shape and behind them, in their respective leagues, are four wins and one draw. That put Cambridge at the seventh place in the League Two, while Leeds is fifth in the Championship after 25 rounds. Let’s add that this will be their first head-to-head in recent history. Begins: 09.01.2017 – 20:45 CET
Right because of that we believe the home team will have very good motive, which reached the third round of FA Cup after defeating fifth-league Dover and third-league Conventry, as it outclassed their opponents at this very stadium by even 4-0 in previous match. That should be additional encouragement to give their best against second-league Leeds, especially as they are in good shape, for example out of last five matches in the championship they won four and drew just one.
All that has took them to the seventh place in the League Two standings, which is the last one that guarantees a place in the promotion play-off, while positions that directly lead to the third league are eight points away at the moment. All this indicates that coach Derry will after latest triumph of 4-0 over Notts County will probably send the same 11 players on the pitch, especially as out of action is only from before injured forward Corr.
Probable lineups Cambridge: Norris – Taylor, Roberts, Legge, Adams – Clark, Dunne – Mingoia, Williamson, Barry – Ikpeazu
The guests from Leeds have made great results in last 12 rounds in the Championship; nine wins, one draw and just two defeats suffered by currently leading Brighton and Newcastle away. After the defeat by Brigthon coach Monk’s player had stringed four victories, at home over Reading, Brentford and Rotherham, and away over Preston by 4-1 on the Boxing Day, while two rounds before they pulled 1-1 draw with Aston Villa away.
We need to add that Leeds had reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup this season when Liverpool stopped them, but that match has probably showed the best that Leeds is ready for something more, so it is no wonder that are fifth-placed team at the moment in the Championship standings. Leed’s players will surely try to transfer the good mood to this FA Cup match, where are regarded as absolute favourites against lower league Cambridge and consequently we expect minor changes in their starting line-up. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are defenders Taylor and Coyle, and midfielder O’Kane.
Probable lineups Leeds: Silvestri – Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Berardi – Phillips, Vieira – Sacko, Roofe, Dallas – Antonsson
Cambridge – Leeds PICK
Leeds is making big step forward and they want to verify good form from the Championship with qualification for the fourth round of FA Cup, but fourth-league Cambridge will surely not surrender without putting a good fight at home which is why we have opted here for pick with goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams score
Odds: 1.90 at unibet (down to 1.82 can be played)