Leeds United are preparing to contest the EFL Trophy as a top-flight team for the first time tonight.
The game against Accrington Stanley, at the Wham Stadium, kicks off at 7pm and just four days before Leeds travel to Liverpool for their first Premier League game.
And it looks like that could have a big impact on the line-up. Marcelo Bielsa has the option to field two senior players and could give debuts to Rodrigo and Robin Koch.
However, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay, the side will feature a lot of Under-18s.
Leeds United start away at Accrington in the EFL Trophy tonight (7pm). Expecting a lot of U18s to feature. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 8, 2020
It likely means that bigger Under-23 stars such as Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh won’t be used, with Football Insider claiming they’re being saved for an in-house friendly on Wednesday.
It’s a great opportunity for the Leeds youngsters to shine on a big occasion and there are plenty we’d love to watch, such as forward Charlie Allen.
However, there is only one way to watch the game and it’s not going to make Leeds fans happy.
You can buy a match pass on the site for the usual iFollow price of £10.
🕖 This time tomorrow.
— Accrington Stanley FC (@ASFCofficial) September 7, 2020
We can’t blame Accrington for this as the EFL sets the price but £10 is how much Leeds supporters paid to watch the first-team games in the Championship last season.
It’s a lot of money to pay to watch the Under-23s, let alone the Under-18s, and we think Accrington are set to be disappointed with the number of Leeds fans willing to pay to watch the game.
With Kalvin Phillips being tipped to make his England debut tonight, we think the majority of Leeds supporters will be watching that.
And, if they are, they can have the BBC Radio Leeds commentary from the EFL Trophy game on in the background.
There’s full match build-up from 6pm and commentary from Adam Pope and Noel Whelan for the game.
We know lower league clubs need supporting at the moment but we can’t help but feel a £5 ticket price would have been a lot more attractive to Leeds fans.
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