22 July 2020 20:38
Leeds United welcome Charlton Athletic to Elland Road on the back of sealing automatic promotion to the Premier League as well as being crowned champions following Brentford's loss at Stoke City last weekend. It remains to be seen how the celebrations will take it's toll on Marcelo Biesla's side as they face an Addicks team - managed by former player Lee Bowyer - who need three points in their quest to stay in the division. So for the final time this season, Leeds United are in action in the Championship as they look to end the season in style. Aiden McGeady is the only change for Charlton Athletic tonight as they look to secure Championship safety at champions Leeds United. It means that former Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer sticks largely with the starting line-up that drew 2-2 with Wigan Athletic last time out.
Charlton: Phillips, Matthews, Lockyer, Pearce, Sarr, Doughty, Cullen, Field, McGeady, Bonne, Davison. Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, Alioski, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford. Subs: Miazek, Davis, Douglas, Casey, Stevens, Shackleton, Bogusz, Poveda, Roberts. Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship final-day showdown between champions Leeds and relegation-threatened Charlton, including predictions and team news. Champions Leeds United will end a 2019-20 campaign which will live long in the memory when they host Charlton Athletic on the final day of the regular Championship season on Wednesday.
Leeds have uncharacteristically made relatively light work of it this season too - their tally of 90 points is a club record and they have won six of their eight games since lockdown, including each of their last five by an aggregate scoreline of 13-2. The reward is not only promotion, but a first trophy since lifting the top-flight equivalent 28 years ago, and they will finally get their hands on that silverware at an empty Elland Road after this match. For Charlton, Championship survival would feel almost as good as lifting a trophy with their fate still hanging in the balance heading into a final day which promises plenty of twists and turns at the bottom of the table. The Addicks are one of five teams that could mathematically still be relegated this season in a picture which is muddied by Wigan Athletic's impending 12-point deduction; as things stand only goal difference is keeping Charlton out of the bottom three, but including that deduction - which will only be applied after Wednesday's matches - they are two points clear of danger. The positive for Lee Bowyer's side is that their goal difference is vastly superior to those currently below them, which essentially makes it a one-point lead over the bottom three prior to the Wigan deduction.
Meslier could join a number of established first-teamers in returning to the starting XI for this one, with the likes of Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford among those in line for a recall. Gaetano Berardi is absent after stretchered off against Derby and is expected to miss up to nine months with an ACL tear, while Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw are also injured. Jonny Williams and Alfie Doughty also picked up minor injuries in that match, but both featured against Wigan - the latter scoring - and will be in contention again for this contest. Leeds possible starting lineup: Meslier; Struijk, Ayling, Cooper; Dallas, Klich, White, Harrison; Costa, Bamford, Hernandez Charlton possible starting lineup: Phillips; Lockyer, Pearce, Sarr; Matthews, Cullen, Field, Doughty; Forster-Caskey; Davison, Bonne We say: Leeds 2-2 Charlton The league table and the form book both point firmly to a home win in this match, and at any other stage of the season this would be a relatively straightforward prediction, with no team having lost fewer home games than Leeds this term and no team having won fewer than Charlton. However, the final day is notorious for throwing up unexpected results and, with Charlton knowing that victory keeps them in the division, they are in much greater need of the points than the hosts. Fixture: Leeds United vs Charlton Athletic Leeds United have revealed their starting line-up and substitutes to welcome Lee Bowyer's Charlton Athletic side to Elland Road for a Championship fixture this evening. Marcelo Bielsa's side have now sealed the Championship title and booked automatic promotion to the Premier League, meaning they have nothing but pride to play for tonight, unlike Charlton, who are still scrapping to remain in the division; they are only outside the drop zone on goal difference. Bielsa has been clear though that his side will treat the competition with respect and the Argentine is putting a team out to win all three points. He remains without midfield pair Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw. In goal Leeds go with Illan Meslier, while Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas are full-backs. Liam Cooper and Ben White slot into central defence, while Pascal Struijk and Mateusz Klich will look to control midfield. Bielsa can look to his bench if he needs to make changes, with options available that include Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts. Leeds United Team vs Charlton Athletic Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, Alioski, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford Substitutes: Miazek, Davis, Douglas, Casey, Stevens, Shackleton, Bogusz, Poveda, Roberts