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LUFC Leeds v Kettering Preview

Leeds United and Kettering Town battle it out for a FA Cup Third Round clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.


Leeds are four points clear at the top of League One with a game in hand.

They are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and have suffered just one league defeat all season.

Last time out at home on Saturday they drew 2-2 with Huddersfield Town

Recent home form DWWWWW

Kettering Town
Since keeper Lee Harper has taken over as manager of the club the Poppies have struggled.

They have played five games and won just the one, ironically that was in their only away game out of the five when they won 1-0 at Luton Town.

Kettering are actually in very good form on their travels and have won their last six in a row.

Recent away form: WWWWWW


When the two clubs met on their first ever occasion last month, Ian Roper gave the Poppies a shock lead before Jermaine Beckford equalised for the Whites.

Kettering have already enjoyed a bit of giant killing in the cup this season when they beat League One Hartlepool 1-0 away in the first round.

In Kettering`s history they have played 42 games at home in the FA Cup, they have won 9, drawn 12 and lost 21.

Last season they enjoyed a good run reaching the fourth round before losing at home 4-2 against Premiership side Fulham.

They also enjoyed beating league opposition twice with replay wins over Lincoln City and Notts County.

The furthest they have ever gone in the competition has been the fourth round twice.

As well as last season, they also did it in 1988/89 when they eventually lost 2-1 at Charlton Athletic.

Leeds United have won the FA Cup on one occasion in 1972 and been beaten finalists on three occasions against Liverpool (1965), Chelsea (1970) and Sunderland (1973).

The Whites played their first ever first round fixture in 2007 when they lost in a replay against Hereford 1-0 at home.

It`s the third year in a row that Leeds have had to enter the competition at the first round stage.

Last season Leeds were beaten in the FA Cup for the first time in their history by a non league side when Blue Square Premiership club Histon Town beat them 1-0.

The Whites will be hoping to win their first ever second round tie in the FA Cup.

charge of a Kettering Town game since joining the national list in 2000.

Betting (Odds supplied by Betfair.com)

Match Betting

Leeds 1/4
Draw 6/1
Kettering 15/1

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 7 2009

Time: 8:58PM


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