Preview: U23s vs Leeds United (a)
All you need to know ahead of Thursday afternoon's Professional Development League Clash against the Whites...
Fixture: Leeds United U23s vs Hull City U23s
Where: Thorp Arch Training Ground
When: Thursday 11th January 2018
Jon Beale's Under-23 side are in Professional Development League action for the second time in the space of four days when they travel to Leeds United.
The Tigers make the short trip to West Yorkshire looking to register a second successive league win following Monday night's impressive 5-1 viceroy over Crewe Alexandra, which a frustrating run of four straight defeats in all competitions.
Leeds have endured a mixed campaign to-date and currently sit ninth in the Professional Development League (North) table, although they did end their own five-game winless run last time out having begun 2018 with a 2-1 home win over Burnley.
The Professional Development League fixture will take place at Leeds' Thorp Arch Training Ground and will kick-off at 12.30pm. Match updates will be available via Twitter by following @Tigers_Academy, while a match report will be available on both www.hullcitytigers.com and www.hulltigersacademy.com.
How They Fare: Leeds United U23s
League Position: 9th (Professional Development League North)
League Wins: 4
League Draws: 3
League Defeats: 9
League Goals Scored: 18
League Goals Conceded: 27
Form: D L L D W
Last Time Out: Leeds United 2 Burnley 1
Leeds United’s Under-23s made a winning start to 2018 as goals from Eoghan Stokes and Alex Machuca saw them beat ten-men Burnley at Thorp Arch.
After a closely fought but goalless first 45 minutes, the home side opened these scoring seven minutes after the restart. Stokes picked up the ball on the right flank, superbly weaved his way into the area through the Burnley defence, before firing home.
Stokes almost doubled his tally from a free-kick, but he was denied by a good save from Conor Mitusu before Burnley drew level just after the hour mark. Bailey Peacock-Farrell made a great double save to deny Tinasus Chakwana and Nfumba Hassanka, but could do nothing to prevent Dan Aygei from levelling the scores.
The Clarets were reduced to ten men when Mitusu saw red for bringing down Wilks on the edge of the box and the Leeds made full use of their numerical advantage by grabbing the all-important winner 14 minutes from time, when Machuca found the back of the net with a fine low effort from the edge of the box.
Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Hosannah, Odour, Vieira, O’Connor, Diaz, Nicell, Machuca, Wilks, Balboa (Temenuzhkov 84), Stokes.
Subs Not Used: Male, Casey, Kamwa, McCalmont.