Our final match of the season.
Leeds United Under-21s face West Bromwich Albion Under-21s away from home on Friday afternoon (2pm), in their final match of the Premier League 2 Division 2 regular season.
The Whites know that they need a point at WBA’s Training Ground to be crowned champions, lifting the trophy and securing promotion to Division 1 for the 2023/24 season.
Southampton currently sit top of the league on goal difference. Having played all 20 of their matches, they are a goal ahead of Leeds, meaning Paco Gallardo’s side now need just one point to overtake the Saints.
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Leeds came from behind in their last match to beat Middlesbrough Under-21s at the LNER Community Stadium in York, last Sunday. Goals from Charlie Allen, Archie Gray and Sonny Perkins secured the points in that one.
The Baggies are fourth in the standings and will finish there, no matter the result on Friday. That means they have secured a play-off spot to determine who will be the second team promoted up to Division 1.
A mini-battle on the pitch also awaits when the two teams meet, to determine the division’s top-scorer award. Mateo Joseph has 15 goals, so he is looking to overtake Reyes Cleary, with the Baggies forward on 16 up to now.
When the two teams met in January at the LNER Community Stadium in York, the visitors ran out the winners. Rico Richards scored a 90th minute goal that time out, to send the three points back to the West Midlands.
Unfortunately, Friday’s match at WBA’s training ground is to be played behind-closed-doors, meaning no supporters are allowed to attend the game.
How to watch:
For fans wishing to see the game, LUTV will be showing the full 90 minutes live to subscribers! Alternatively, you can stay right here on leedsunited.com to follow full updates on our blog, throughout the match.
WBA: Reyes Cleary (16)
Leeds: Mateo Joseph (15)