Despite meeting as recently as February in the Championship, the two Yorkshire clubs are now two divisions apart after Leeds won the division to earn promotion to the Premier League and Hull finished bottom to suffer relegation to League One.
Leeds ended their 16-year top-flight exile in thrilling fashion on Saturday with a 4-3 loss at Anfield against champions Liverpool. The Reds took the lead on three occasions, only to be pegged back by Marcelo Bielsa’s side each time, but a late penalty tucked away by Mohamed Salah finally ended their plucky resolve.
“Liverpool made it hard for us to neutralise them,” Bielsa admitted
“In the second half especially we struggled to get the ball from defence to attack.
“We also stopped Liverpool playing like they usually do and we made a lot of effort. During large parts of the game we were able to match them.”
Hull, meanwhile, secured an impressive 2-0 win at Gillingham as they look to bounce back to the second-tier at the first attempt.
Leeds are 2/5 to win the tie in 90 minutes, with the draw 7/2 and a Hull win 15/2.
Both sides are likely to make several changes from the XI’s they fielded in their respective league matches.
Club-record signing Rodrigo Moreno, whose clumsy tackle on Liverpool’s Fabinho conceded the decisive penalty, may make his first start for the club.
The Spain striker is 13/10 to score anytime (Sky Bet), which looks excellent value given his undoubted pedigree and motivation to redeem himself following the aforementioned error.
Club captain Liam Cooper is expected to return from the injury which saw him miss out on Saturday, with recent arrivals such as Cody Drameh and Joe Gelhardt pushing for their debuts.
For the visitors, youngsters such as Daniel Batty, Alfie Jones, Callum Jones and James Scott may come into McCann’s thinking.