Leeds vs Wolves | U23 Match preview

Wolves under-23s will book their place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup if they maintain their unbeaten run in the competition when they take on Leeds United on Friday evening.

James Collins’ side are currently without loss after playing four matches in Group H, sitting second in the table having beaten both Derby County and Birmingham City, as well as fighting back to earn a pair of 2-2 draws with both Birmingham City and the home match with Leeds.

With three points separating Wolves and third-placed Blues – who have played five of their six group games – the team in gold and black will confirm at least a runners-up spot in the group, and passage into the last 16, if they were to taste anything other than defeat on their travels.

Professional Development League outfit Leeds, who cannot qualify for the knockout stages, are currently sat bottom of Group H having earned two draws from their five PL Cup matches.

Tickets for the fixture, which will now take place at York City’s Bootham Crescent due to flooding at original venue Tadcaster Albion’s Global Stadium, are priced at £3 adults and £1 concessions.


Friday 7pm


Bootham Crescent, York



1-2 vs Liverpool (H)

2-0 vs Leamington FC (A) BSC

2-2 vs Birmingham City (A) PLC


4-1 vs Bolton Wanderers (H)

1-2 vs Derby County (H) PLC

2-2 vs Sheffield Wednesday (A)


On cutting out late goals

“Even before I started the job, I went and watched them at Everton and there was a late goal there. This can’t keep happening.

“They are fine margins, but when you’ve got a young group, these things happen. If they are learning from it then it will be worth it, if they don’t then it’s not. Simple as that.”

On learning to win

“They’ve got to learn how to manage games of football and they’ve got to learn how to win games of football.

“At under-23 level, of course it’s about developing, improving technically and tactically, but a major part of going in to first-team football – which is what they want to do next – is learn to win.

“They’re finding that hard at the moment, in a difficult league, but they’re working damn hard and they’ll keep working hard at it.”


21/02 Leeds United (A) PLC

25/02 Derby County (H) PLC

02/03 Tottenham Hotspur (A)

10/03 Nuneaton Borough (A) BSC

16/03 Derby County (H)