Doncaster Rovers: Leeds test guarantees baptism of fire

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Doncaster Rovers’ season is guaranteed to get off to a spicy start after they were drawn at home to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United in the Capital One Cup.

The first round tie, which will take place during the week commencing Monday, August 10, will be the third time in five seasons that the two sides have met at the Keepmoat Stadium in this competition.

With Leeds almost certain to take up a large allocation of tickets, the clash will represent something of a baptism of fire for Paul Dickov’s remodelled squad.

New Leeds boss Uwe Rosler will go up against Doncaster for the first time since Rovers denied the German’s Brentford team promotion to the Championship in incredible fashion in 2013.

The game could also see former Rovers hero Billy Sharp return to the Keepmoat for the first time in the colours of Leeds - if the 29-year-old striker remains part of Rosler’s plans.

Leeds have held something of an Indian sign over Doncaster in recent seasons and have won both recent meetings between these sides in this competition, 3-1 in 2013 and 2-1 in 2011.

Since Doncaster beat Leeds in the 2008 League One play-off final at Wembley they have beaten the Whites just once in eight attempts, a 2-1 win at Elland Road in the Championship when the two teams last met, in March last year.