Another season comes to an end for Leeds United, another season in the middle of the Championship. We'll have a full postmortem on this season in the days to come, but for now, let's focus on today's match at Deepdale against Preston North End.
As the lads at Experimental 3-6-1 pointed out yesterday on Twitter, the Whites can finish no higher than 11th place, missing Steve Evans' goal of the top ten, thanks to their loss last week at home against Charlton. 11th would take a minor miracle at that, so the goal must be to hold on to 12th position and finish in the top half, a feat they haven't performed since 2010/11.
Least #lufc can't finish 15th again... https://t.co/EfFkT5cucA— Simon Austin (@chiark) May 6, 2016
14th would be disastrous. Let's not do that. A win today would help make the move into the summer a little brighter, and might even save Steve Evans from Cellino's trigger-happy firing finger. We'll see on that... don't get your hopes up. We'll also get to see some familiar faces in the finale, with Beckford and Grayson on the Preston side. Read Anthony Linley's season finale preview, check out our Leeds Against The World Q&A with Preston blog Lilywhite Magic, and get ready for the last game of the season. After all the drama in 2015/16, you've earned it.
Preston North End v Leeds United
Football League Championship
BBC Radio Leeds, LUTV
Saturday, May 7, 2016
4:30a PT / 7:30a ET / 12:30p BT
Silvestri, Coyle, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor, Diagouraga, Murphy, Cook, Mowatt, Dallas, Wood
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Wootton, Phillips, Vieira, Botaka, Antenucci, Doukara
Preston North End
Kirkland, Vermijl, Wright, Huntington, Woods, Browne, Johnson, Gallagher, Reach, Beckford, Garner
Subs: Hudson, Pearson, Welsh, Robinson, Humphrey, Hugill, Doyle
Anthony: Decent odds are available for a draw between two evenly-matched sides, 2-2.
Johnny: I'd like to hope we'd go out on a good note, but I'm predicting a 2-1 defeat... ending the season in the bottom half. I hope I'm wrong.
Enjoy the game today regardless, Leeds fans; it's the last one we'll have for awhile. Follow along with us below on the live-tweets, and leave some comments throughout the game to let us know you're here. Thanks for reading this season, we'll see you throughout the summer here for all your LUFC news. #MOT.