Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Following yet another heart-breaking loss to Brighton, Wolverhampton will look to give fans some cheer when they face Leeds United in their EFL Cup opener. The Wolves experienced all sorts of problems at the back in Saturday’s defeat, but it has to be noted that wing-back Nelson Semedo was sent off on the stroke of half-time. The former Barcelona man is banned for the EFL Cup clash, while all Jimenez, Kalajdzic, Matheus Nunes, and Neto remain in the recovery room.
Adama Traore is pushing for a start. The Whites, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Bournemouth 4-3 in their last league match, and seeing that they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. All Gnonto, Greenwood, Gelhardt, and Ayling are pushing for recalls, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Adama Traore):
After starting his youth career at Hospitalet, Adama Traore moved to Barcelona football academy La Masia in 2004. The pacey winger made a great progress during his spell with the Catalan giants and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barca B.
Adama Traore made his debut for the first team against Granada (4-0) on November 23, 2013, replacing Brazilian superstar Neymar in the 83rd minute of the match. In the summer of 2015, he signed for Aston Villa for a fee of £7 million, but he made no more than 11 appearances in the Premier League for the Vilans. At the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to fellow English club Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the Boro in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on September 10, 2016.
Due to his dual citizenship, Adama Traore is eligible to represent Spain and Mali at senior level, but it has to be noted that he played for youth categories of La Roja.
Highlighted Team (Leeds United):
Leeds United is one of the clubs that won the FA Cup. The Whites outplayed Arsenal in the final of the prestigious competition back in 1972, but they clinched the League Cup trophy as well. Leeds United faced the Gunners in the 1967/1968 League Cup final and it has to be noted that Terry Cooper scored the winner for the Whites.
Leeds play their home games at Elland Road and the capacity of the stadium is 37,914. The club was founded in 1919 and they have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies ever since (1968/1969, 1973/1974, 1991/1992). Leeds United made it to the Champions League final in 1975, but they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the title clash.
The Whites were impressive under David O’Leary. The likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Ian Harte were part of the Elland Road outfit back then and they did well to reach the semis of the Champions League in 2001.