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  • 30 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Leeds - Southampton Preview: Warnock's men look for another Premier League scalp in Capital One Cup

Leeds - Southampton Preview: Warnock's men look for another Premier League scalp in Capital One Cup

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Having seen off Everton in the previous round, the west Yorkshire side host the south coast club looking to capitalise on the Saints' leaky defence to advance to the fifth round

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEEDS UNITED
Southampton
Ashdown
Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Pugh
Norris, Austin, Tonge, White
Becchio, Diouf

SOUTHAMPTON
  Southampton
Gazzaniga
Yoshida, Hooiveld, Seaborne, Reeves
Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Chaplow
Do Prado, Mayuka, Rodriguez



Leeds welcomed back three senior players from injury lay-offs in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City, including skipper Lee Peltier.

Rudy Austin and Michael Tonge joined their captain in returning to Neil Warnock's starting line-up and will be in contention.

Ross McCormack (ankle) is still unavailable and Ryan Hall, on loan from Southend, will miss out after appearing for his parent club in the competition earlier in the season.

Nigel Adkins is without record signing Gaston Ramirez (bruised thigh), who remains sidelined until mid-November, while Jack Cork (knee) is unlikely to be risked.

Frazer Richardson (thigh) is also unavailable for selection against his former club, having not played since picking up a knock in the Saints’ 2-2 draw with Fulham on October 8.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time that Leeds United travelled to St Mary's was on the opening day of last season. The Saints' 3-1 victory formed part of their longest-ever winning run of league games (10).
  • After Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, Southampton's transfer outlay represented the fourth highest net spend in the country across the summer 2012 transfer window, bringing in the likes of Gaston Ramirez and Emmanuel Mayuka (pictured right).
  • Leeds are one of only three lower division clubs to have knocked a Premier League club out of the Capital One Cup so far this year, having defeated Everton in the previous round.
  • Of their six away fixtures so far this season, Warnock's men have won two, drawn two, and lost two, scoring 10 goals and conceding 10.
  • When Southampton and Leeds last met in the Premier League in January 2004, the two clubs had gone a combined 41 years in the top flight without being relegated.

Players to watch

E. Diouf

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Senegalese journeyman continues to divide opinion amongst fans, with his most recent plunge into controversy being his criticism of Steven Gerrard. On the pitch, though, Diouf has thus far proved a canny acquisition by Warnock – who only two seasons ago offered the comparison between the forward and a "sewer rat" – having found the net three times in six games for his latest club. Only a fine save from Jack Butland prevented the 31-year-old from netting against Birmingham on Saturday, and he will fancy his chances against a sieve-like Southampton defence.

E. Mayuka

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 21-year-old forward has been restricted to just three substitute appearances for the Saints since his summer move to St Mary’s, but he could well be offered his full debut on Tuesday night. Mayuka earned a penalty in Southampton’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa and caused problems for Tottenham’s back line in a 32-minute cameo on Sunday afternoon, showing quick feet and an eye for an early pass to complement the goal-scoring instincts that saw him pick up the Golden Boot during Zambia’s victorious 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Editor's Prediction

Leeds do not find themselves going into Tuesday’s tie in the best of form. That said, their loss to Birmingham on Saturday was the first time this season they have failed to find the net, having scored at least once in each of their other 15 fixtures.

There are certainly goals in Warnock’s team, who have already put a top flight club to the sword in this competition, and they have a fine chance of outscoring a porous Southampton side whose line-up may well reflect their placing of Premier League survival high above League Cup advancement in their list of priorities.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Leeds United

Southampton

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Leeds United FC LEE
Leeds United FC Leeds United
Draw
Southampton FC SOT
Southampton FC Southampton
40%
15%
45%

Top 3 Predictions

Leeds United FC LEE
2 - 1
Southampton FC SOT
Leeds United FC LEE
1 - 2
Southampton FC SOT
Leeds United FC LEE
1 - 3
Southampton FC SOT

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