Saturday date for United cup tie

Pleased: Neil Warnock.
Pleased: Neil Warnock.

LEEDS United have confirmed that their Capital One Cup first round tie against Shrewsbury Town at Elland Road will take place on the weekend before the new Championship campaign gets underway.

The tie has been arranged for Saturday, August 11 with a 3pm kick-off with the league season kicking off the following weekend when Wolves are the visitors to Leeds.

The Whites were hoping to fix up a final pre-season fixture against a Premier Division club for the same weekend, but will now cancel those plans with the Shrewsbury match taking precedence, much to the delight of manager Neil Warnock.

He said: “I’m ever so pleased we’re playing on the Saturday. We’ve a full week before the Wolves game and we’ll play our strongest team.

“We had been looking at playing a Premier League team that weekend, but I think a competitive game is just what we need before the league season starts.

“We can have a good look at things in a competitive game and iron out any faults for the Wolves game.”