Side before self sign

Preview: Leeds United v Charlton Athletic

The curtain finally comes down on Leeds United’s 16-year tenure in the EFL this evening, as Elland Road welcomes Charlton Athletic in our final game of the season.

Whilst we may be bidding farewell to the Championship, Lee Bowyer and his side are fighting to stay in it. Currently residing in 20th place, with only goal difference keeping them from the bottom three.

Charlton will no doubt be hoping the celebrations from the past few days have caught up with the players. However, I’m sure Bielsa and his squad will want to sign the season off in style. We are on course to secure a record points tally of 93, a record Bielsa will have in his sights. The fixture also marks Bielsa’s 100th game in charge of Leeds United.

We will see changes to the side who secured a 3-1 victory over Derby County on Sunday, Bielsa stating that he will play his strongest side available to respect the competition. Gaetano Berardi is ruled out after suffering an ACL tear, we may likely see Pascal Struijk feature who has impressed in his recent performances.

Charlton will have to fight for their survival without Darren Pratley who misses out due to injury and midfielders Jake Forster- Caskey and Sam Field both face late fitness tests.

We will also be presented with our first piece of silverware in 28 years, and whilst we won’t be able to witness the momentous occasion in person, we can rest assured that we have a lot to look forward to next season.

We are Premier League once more.

Farewell to the EFL, you won’t be missed.

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