By Sean Fisher

29th Nov, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United bad luck continues as latest FA Cup draw extends 10-game curse

Leeds United were handed their first FA Cup opponent of the season on Monday evening, with the Whites drawn against Championship opponents Cardiff City.

The Whites will travel away to the Cardiff City Stadium early in 2023, and as found by the Yorkshire Evening Post, it marks the 10th draw in a row where Leeds have been the away side.

Leeds have had terrible luck in their cup runs of late, with the Whites exiting the FA Cup in the third round in their last five attempts.

Last season’s exit came at the hands of West Ham, and the last time Leeds even scored in the FA Cup was back in the 2018/19 season during a 2-1 loss to QPR.

The club’s last victory in the competition came in 2016/17, but it was quickly followed up by a terrible 1-0 loss to Sutton United.

It’ll be interesting to see Jesse Marsch’s approach to the cup competition this season. The Whites sit 15th in the Premier League but are by no means safe from a relegation scrap.

Marsch will likely want to prioritise the league and that seemed to be his intention in the Carabao Cup – Leeds were knocked out by Wolves in the fourth round after Marsch fielded a second-string side.

But a cup run could be great for team morale and momentum in the second half of the season. The squad should be fully refreshed and fit with only three players currently taking part in the 2022 World Cup.

But the draw has once again not been kind to Leeds and they’ll be forced to hit the road for the 10th time in a row in the FA Cup if the club is to set out on an incredibly rare cup run.

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