Leeds and Aston Villa to play at Suncorp Stadium

English Premier League clubs continue to make Australia a July destination, with Leeds and Aston Villa heading to Queensland.

English Premier League clubs Leeds and Aston Villa will meet at Suncorp Stadium in July as part of a three-match pre-season Queensland series also involving A-League club Brisbane Roar.

The series will officially be announced on Thursday morning, with matches also taking place at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast and Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

The Leeds-Villa clash in Brisbane is expected to take place on July 17.

The series is set to kick off on July 14 at Cbus Super Stadium with a clash between the Roar and Leeds before concluding in Townsville on July 20 with a Roar-Villa clash.

A similar series – the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup involving the Roar, West Ham and Crystal Palace – was due to take place in July 2020 before being cancelled due to Covid-19.

Leeds, whose squad includes Brazilian attacker Raphinha and England international Kalvin Phillips, are 16th on the Premier League ladder and five points above the relegation zone.

Aston Villa, who are coached by Liverpool great Steven Gerrard and whose squad includes Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz and his countryman Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan from Barcelona, are three points ahead of Leeds on the Premier League table.

Leeds, the former home of Socceroos legends Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell, also toured Australia in 2019 when they met Manchester United in Perth and the Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney.

Manchester United and Crystal Palace are also touring Australia this year, with the teams to meet at the MCG on July 15.

United will also play Melbourne Victory at the MCG on July 15.

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