With a very quiet deadline day expected, it’s down to the Leeds United Under-23s to provide the drama for fans on Monday.

They play Sunderland at Thorp Arch today where a win would take them 10 points clear at the top of the table.

With the first-team playing on Sunday and again on Wednesday, Sunderland might have thought they were going to get away without facing any first-team players.

However, that was a forlorn hope, with Kiko Casilla, Helder Costa and Tyler Roberts all in the starting XI.

Joe Gelhardt is also back for the Under-23s after being absent since December.

The team news was announced on the official Leeds Twitter page, where you can also watch the game live for free from 1pm.

UPDATE: After a late pitch inspection, the game will now kick-off at 2pm. 

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Costa the one to watch

The Leeds Under-23s have been in absolutely dominating form this season and the bookies are expecting a routine win this afternoon.

Leeds are 1/8 for the win and the strong line-up should make these odds contract even further.

The player to watch this afternoon is Helder Costa. With Raphinha going off injured in the game against Leicester, he could be pushing for a start against Everton.

If he comes off at half-time today that will look like an even stronger proposition and he will be hoping to catch Bielsa’s eye on the pitch.

Ian Poveda is on the bench and could get the second 45 in a shootout for the starting spot on Wednesday.

In other Leeds United news, View: Rodrigo & Raphinha out, Bielsa to give 20yo first PL start: Predicted Leeds XI v Everton


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