Leeds United have drawn League 2 Crawley Town away in the third round of the FA Cup and some fans are already seeing it as a big banana skin. 

You can understand why.

Leeds haven’t got out of the third round of the FA Cup in the past three years, losing to Newport, QPR and then Arsenal.

The previous year was even worse. Leeds squeaked past Cambridge in the third round before going out 1-0 to non-league Sutton.

That memory is still fresh for a lot of Leeds United fans – and the worst thing is that all five games were away.

You have to go back to the 15/16 season for the last game Leeds drew at home in the FA Cup and even that was followed by two away games.

That statistic hasn’t gone unnoticed by Leeds fans and it makes the Crawley game that much harder.

The bookies have priced Leeds up at 33/1 for the cup this season and that seems pretty generous for a team that’s proved it can go toe-to-toe with anyone.

However, is Marcelo Bielsa going to take it seriously or play his Under-23s?

The winter schedule is pretty brutal and the Premier League is the priority for Leeds.

Leeds play on December 27 (Burnley), December 29 (West Brom) and January 2 (Tottenham) ahead of the Crawley game on the weekend of January 9, before a midweek clash against Southampton on January 12.

That says to us that Bielsa won’t put out his strongest side and it means that there could be a genuine chance of a Cupset.

That’s what these fans think after Athletic journalist Phil Hay relayed the news…

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