Tranmere Rovers vs Leeds United U21 LIVE: Early team news and score updates from Prenton Park

Leeds United have played five games winning just once this season, however their under-23 squad have fared much better following promotion.

The junior Whites now play their league football in Premier League 2 Division 1, the pinnacle of under-23 football in England, and have acclimatised well to the step up.

This evening though, their two wins and one draw from their opening four fixtures will stand for very little as they prepare to face League Two opponents Tranmere Rovers.

Mark Jackson’s squad drew 2-2 with West Ham United’s development squad last time out, but will go up against a very different prospect in their first game of this season’s Papa John’s Trophy.

The competition pits selected Premier League clubs’ under-23 sides against League One and Two opposition, which often proves a sobering test for the elite youngsters.

Last season, the Whites were defeated in each of their three Papa John’s Trophy fixtures against Accrington Stanley, Barrow and Blackpool.

This time around, Jackson hopes his team can give a better account of themselves against seasoned professionals from the third and fourth tier.

Source link