Leeds EFL Trophy game set for full BBC treatment on Tuesday night
Leeds United will begin their first EFL Trophy campaign as a top-flight club on Tuesday night against Accrington Stanley, with the full game being broadcast live on BBC Radio Leeds.
The popular duo of Adam Pope and Noel Whelan are on commentary duty at the Wham Stadium, as the Whites set their sights on Wembley.
Leeds Under-21s are playing in the EFL Trophy for the first time after the Leeds academy was recently awarded category one status.
It means the Leeds youngsters can play in both the EFL Trophy and Premier League 2.
Pope posted news of the full match commentary on Monday morning.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) September 7, 2020
Great opportunity to run rule over new signings
The popular duo of Pope and Whelan will be live on BBC Radio Leeds with an hour’s worth of build-up from 6pm on Tuesday, with the match kicking off at 7pm.
It’s unusual for BBC Radio Leeds to give the full matchday treatment to the youngsters – they only normally come out for the first team – but it’s a historic occasion and just a few days before Leeds kick off their Premier League campaign.
The game will also present an opportunity for Pope and Whelan to cast their eye over some of Leeds’ new youth prospects, including summer signings Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood.
Opponents Accrington, have plenty of experience in the EFL Trophy. Last season they finished top of a group that included the Liverpool Under-21s, before reaching the quarter-finals where they lost to Salford City.
All of the Leeds Under-21 games in the EFL Trophy will be played away from home, with Barrow and Blackpool the other teams in their group.
The final of the EFL Trophy is played at Wembley.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites could be facing an injury scare ahead of their Premier League opener against Liverpool.