Leeds United youngsters handed huge potential lifeline for next season but nervy wait

Leeds United's under-23s have been handed a huge potential lifeline with a view to keeping their top-flight status for next season.

By Lee Sobot
Sunday, 1st May 2022, 3:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st May 2022, 3:05 pm

United's youngsters would have ensured their Premier League Two, Division One survival with a victory in Friday night's season finale at Arsenal which instead ended in a 1-1 draw.

The result provided a let off for fourth-bottom Everton who were walloped 7-0 at champions Manchester City the same night and would have been leapfrogged by Leeds given a victory at the Emirates.

Defeat for the young Whites left them just two points ahead of second-bottom Chelsea with two teams going down but with the Blues still having two games left.

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It meant Chelsea could have ensured their survival and relegated Leeds with victory in Sunday afternoon's clash at Blackburn Rovers but the Blues fell to a 4-3 defeat as Jack Vale netted a four-timer meaning United's survival bid goes to the final game.

Chelsea's under-23s take in their final game of the season next Sunday afternoon in a 1pm kick-off at home to Tottenham Hotspur's under-23s who sit seventh.

Leeds stay two points ahead of Chelsea meaning the Blues will need to win to stay up and send the Whites down.

LIFELINE: For Leeds United's under-23s. Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images.