Bradford City - Leeds United Betting Preview: Defensive absentees to make for entertaining Yorkshire derby

With under-fire Dave Hockaday still reeling from Saturday's heavy defeat at Watford and the Bantams missing their defensive lynchpin, Al Hain-Cole is expecting an open match
A Yorkshire derby takes place in the Capital One Cup this evening, as Leeds United travel to Valley Parade to take on Bradford City.

Despite winning five and losing none of the last six meetings, the visitors are slight 9/5 (2.80) outsiders with William Hill to claim local bragging rights with another victory here.

The Bantams fell to a first defeat of the season at home to Peterborough on Saturday, but are available at 6/4 (2.50) to bounce straight back by coming out on top against their local rivals for the first time since 1986.

Dave Hockaday is yet to record a draw since taking over at Elland Road in the summer, but you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on his side taking this match into extra-time by playing out a stalemate tonight.

While derby games are always important, Hockaday will be particularly desperate to oversee a positive result after controversial club owner Massimo Cellino reportedly came within a whisker of relieving him of his services following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Having been given a stay of execution by the Italian’s abrupt change of heart, the former Forest Green Rovers boss will need to act swiftly before a run of two consecutive defeats becomes any worse, starting with sorting out a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in five so far.

However, the Whites will have to do without defenders Giuseppe Bellusci and Sam Byram, who are both missing through suspension after being sent off at Vicarage Road.

Similarly, a broken arm has denied opposite number Phil Parkinson the services of influential centre-back Andrew Davies, whose absence towards the end of last season saw the team record just one clean sheet and a single victory in 17 fixtures.

With neither team in great shape at the back, even money (2.00) quotes therefore appear rather generous on over 2.5 goals being scored for the sixth time in seven encounters between the sides.

Over 2.5 for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.