Leeds United 2 Villarreal 2 RECAP - Whites sign off for new season with entertaining draw

Leeds United face Villarreal in their final pre-season friendly on Saturday evening - and we will bring you all the latest here.

Saturday, 7th August 2021, 8:53 pm
FINAL FRIENDLY: For Leeds United against Europa League champions Villarreal, managed by Unai Emery, above. Photo by ADAM WARZAWA/AFP via Getty Images.

The fixture against the Europa League champions is being held behind closed doors, one week before the Whites begin their second season back in the Premier League with a clash against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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The Leeds first team are still seeking their first victory of pre-season.

We will bring you all the early team news followed by live match updates and reaction at our live blog here.

Leeds United 2 Villarreal 2 - LIVE

Last updated: Saturday, 07 August, 2021, 19:24

  • Leeds United’s final pre-season friendly of the summer
  • 7pm kick-off behind closed doors

The final friendly...

Here we go then with Leeds United’s final friendly of the summer - against very strong opposition in Europa League holders Villarreal who finished last season’s La Liga in seventh place. But the Yellow Submarine are heading for the Champions League having won the Europa League. Team news will be with us at around 6pm. Will we be looking at starts for Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips? Phillips and Cooper played no part in United’s opening first team friendlies against Blackburn Rovers or Real Betis but the duo both started as a Leeds XI took on Ajax under-21s on Wednesday lunchtime. And what about Diego Llorente, Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo? Llorente went off injured in last weekend’s pre-season friendly against Betis whilst Shackleton came off following a blow to the head in Wednesday night’s first team clash against Ajax. Firpo missed that contest having started both of United’s other two first team friendlies against Betis and Blackburn. All will be revealed at 6pm.

For Villarreal in just four days’ time in the UEFA Super Cup as the Europa League holders meet the Champions League winners at Windsor Park. Expect them to be very sharp.

Leeds United v Villarreal: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Koch, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, Raphinha, Harrison, Rodrigo, Bamford.

Leeds subs: Klaesson, Drameh, McCarron, Roberts, Phillips, Costa, Greenwood.

Starts for Villarreal against his former side. A lot has changed since his spell on loan at the club in 2017.

To the team that lined up against Ajax - Cooper in for Shackleton. No Summerville or Jenkins on the bench

1: After nine seconds, Koch own goal. Moreno’s cross deflected in.

4: That goal was surreal. Nine seconds in. Leeds now looking to respond, Dallas cross from the left reaches Raphinha whose cross back into the area is gathered. Leeds come again and Raphinha’s shot from the edge of the box flies wide.

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