Leeds United and Aston Villa confirm pre-season tour of Australia

Premier League teams Leeds United and Aston Villa have confirmed they will embark on a pre-season tour in Australia in July this year.

The two English sides will face off against each other and A-League men’s team Brisbane Roar in the ‘Queensland Champions Cup’, with all three games in the Australian state being played at venues in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville.

Leeds United v Brisbane Roar at the CBUS Super Stadium on July 14 will open the Queensland Festival with three games before Aston Villa meet the Whites at Suncorp Stadium on July 17 and the Villans against on July 20 at the QLD Country Bank Stadium take on the roar.

Aston Villa have also announced a game with Manchester United on July 23 at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

“The Tour comes at a crucial stage in our pre-season, so the fitness program and the games are important,” said Aston Villa boss and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

“We are delighted to be visiting Australia for the first time in the club’s history.”

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch was looking forward to guiding his team back Down Under, with legions of white fans linked to the success of former Socceroos star Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka at the Yorkshire club.

“This is our club’s third game trip to Australia and I’m really looking forward to bringing the team back,” said Marsch.

Leeds and Aston Villa’s trip Down Under means a busy time this year with friendlies in Australia. Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Melbourne Victory all play two games in Melbourne in July, while La Liga giants Barcelona are set to take on an A-League All-Stars team in Sydney on May 25.

Aston Villa, Leeds United, Brisbane Roar 2022 Schedule

Date (AEST) Time (AEST) Game Stadion
Thu July 14 TB Leeds United v Brisbane Roar CBUS super stadium
Sun July 17th TB Aston Villa vs Leeds United Suncorp Stadium
Wed July 20th TB Aston Villa vs Brisbane Roar QLD Country Bank Stadium
Sat 23 July TB Aston Villa vs Manchester United Optus Stadium

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