It’s the turn of the Leeds United youngsters this afternoon as Mark Jackson’s high-flying Under-23 side takes on Reading at Thorp Arch.
Leeds are a massive 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League 2 Division 2 table, with Reading back in third a further two points back.
The Leeds U23s are on a seven-game winning run that goes back to November but they won’t be taking Reading lightly.
Reading won the reverse fixture 3-2 back in October.
The team news was announced on the official Leeds Twitter account ahead of the 1pm kick-off.
Kiko Casilla starts with Joe Gelhardt, while Niall Huggins, who made his first-team debut yesterday, is on the bench.
📋 3 changes to the U23s side that defeated Sunderland, with Casilla, Davis and Cresswell starting pic.twitter.com/11j2QbB7mD
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 15, 2021
Gelhardt goals incoming
Joe Gelhardt scored two goals in a brilliant 45 minutes last time out against Middlesbrough.
He was rewarded with his first senior squad debut and he’s been on the bench for the last two first-team games.
Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood have developed a blossoming partnership in the Under-23s but Greenwood is currently out injured.
Casilla is the interesting addition today.
Illan Meslier made a howler on Sunday, gifting Arsenal a penalty. Does this signify that Casilla is the frame for a first-team start on Friday?
That wouldn’t go down well with the fans.
You can watch the game on the official Leeds Twitter account or on LUTV with the game kicking off at 1pm.
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