Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says there will not be many people putting money on his side to win at Manchester City on Sunday.
The whites are huge outsiders to beat the current champions of England on their own patch and Warnock cannot envisage many people placing a bet on Leeds. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game at Manchester City, Warnock said, “According to the bookies we are about 33/2 in a two horse race, so I don`t think many people will put much money on us.
“The FA Cup is a great competition and it would be a major shock if we went there and won. “
Leeds are currently as big as 16/1 with a couple of firms to cause a huge upset at the Etihad Stadium. Leeds can take confidence into Sunday having already caused a major shock in the competition this season beating Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round. They also beat Everton and Southampton in the League Cup earlier this season.
The FA Cup has been full of shocks this season. Non-league Luton Town have already beaten championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in round three and they became the first non-league side to beat a top-flight club in 24 years when they won at Norwich City in the last round.
The fourth round was littered with shocks, as well as Leeds and Luton, Championship side Millwall beat Premier League Aston Villa, and League One sides MK Dons and Oldham Athletic disposed of Premier League sides Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool respectively. Warnock is looking forward to the tie having enjoyed the underdogs tag this season. “We are looking forward to it; I don`t think many people gave us a chance when they saw the Everton and Tottenham team sheets, although it is more difficult because it is at the Etihad Stadium,” added Warnock.
The Leeds boss can draw inspiration from the last time a Leeds side travelled to Manchester in 2010. Back then, Leeds were in League One and travelled to Manchester United in the third round. A solitary Jermaine Beckford goal was enough to send shockwaves around the world, as a strong Manchester United side were knocked out at the third round stage for the only time since Alex Ferguson took over the reins at Old Trafford in 1986.
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