Watford vs Leeds LIVE: Championship goals and updates as Summerville scores a stunning equalizer

Daniel James named in the starting line-up for Leeds (Getty Images)

Watford host Leeds in the Sky Bet Championship in the late kick-off on Good Friday.

Tom Cleverley started his time as interim head coach of Watford ahead of the international break well with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City.

The Hornets go into the match against Leeds firmly in a mid-table position, 13 points behind Norwich, who occupy the sixth and final play-off spot.

Leeds, on the other hand, are in contention to be crowned champions and secure automatic promotion to the top flight.

Leeds and Leicester go into the weekend level on points, and one above Ipswich.

Daniel Farke has an impressive record of promotion to the top flight, having done so twice as manager of Norwich.

Follow all the live action from the championship battle in the blog below and get the latest odds and tips here.

Watford vs Leeds LIVE

  • GOAL! Summerville scores stunning equalizer – Watford 1-1 Leeds [37’]

  • GOAL! Bayo fires the hosts into the lead – Watford 1-0 Leeds [30’]

  • Leeds XI: Meslier, Bryam, Gray, Rodon, Cooper, Ampadu, Kamara, Summerville, James, Georginio, Bamford

  • Watford XI: Bachmann, Sierralta, Porteous, Lewis, Pollock, Asprilla, Bayo, Dele-Bashiru, Dennis, Kayembe, Andrews

Watford FC 1 – 1 Leeds United FC

Watford 1-1 Leeds

20:42 , Sonia Twig

40 min: Cooper had to be alert there for Leeds at the back to turn the ball behind and away from the incoming Bayo.

As they have done all evening, Leeds handle the ensuing corner comfortably.

GOAL! Summerville scores stunning equalizer – Watford 1-1 Leeds

20:39 , Sonia Twig

GOAL! 37 min: That was a blast! Summerville is almost picked out on the touchline, he weaves his way into the corner of the penalty area before unleashing an absolute beauty from a curling strike into the top corner.

The goalkeeper couldn’t do anything about that!

Watford-1-0 Leeds

20:36 , Sonia Twig

34 min: Rodon makes a brilliant defensive challenge to prevent Dennis from simply walking into a spot where he can take a shot away. That could have made it twice as challenging for the visitors, but for the defender.

Watford-1-0 Leeds

20:35 , Sonia Twig

33 min: Leeds try to pick out Bamford as their bid to return to the top of the Championship was dealt a blow by Watford’s opener, but the ball is too long for the striker and runs out for a goal-kick.

GOAL! Bayo fires the hosts into the lead – Watford 1-0 Leeds

20:33 , Sonia Twig

GOAL! 30 minutes: Watford broke quickly and capitalized, Meslier was able to keep out Dennis’ first shot, but the ball just fell to Bayo who smashed it into the back of the net.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:31 , Sonia Twig

29 minutes: Both sides have had just one shot on target in the match so far, but Watford have seen more possession, with 58 percent of the ball, compared to Leeds’ 42.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:28 , Sonia Twig

27 min: It’s swung in and cleared again at the near post by the men in white, but they can’t release James after the attempted counter.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:27 , Sonia Twig

26 min: Another convergence disrupts the flow of play, but there is no case for a yellow card, although the Hornets are awarded another corner.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:25 , Sonia Twig

22 min: Apart from Summerville’s one chance where the goalkeeper was tested, there wasn’t much quality on either side in this match.

Watford have started well, but Meslier hasn’t really come under pressure so far.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:21 , Sonia Twig

20 min: Watford get another corner, they’ve had a few already, but Leeds will have the ball back almost immediately after taking the kick due to a foul in the penalty area.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:21 , Sonia Twig

18 min: Summerville tries to foul for an almost identical incident to Watford’s penalty, but the referee was consistent and nothing was given.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:17 , Sonia Twig

15 min: Sir Elton John stands in the stands, watching Leeds take a chance! Summerville got a curled shot away and the goalkeeper was just able to make the save!

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:14 , Sonia Twig

12 min: Watford fans call for a penalty after Bashiru falls in the penalty area, play is stopped but the referee refrains from allowing play on. It would have been a soft penalty, but his foot was stepped on.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:12 , Sonia Twig

10 min: The match has started in very intense fashion, as Leeds fans have become accustomed to, but neither side has had another significant chance.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:08 , Sonia Twig

6 min: The referee has just had a word with a player from both sides as things were starting to get a bit heated, but nothing happened.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:04 , Sonia Twig

3 min: Emmanuel Dennis gets on the ball early and drives forward for Watford, winning a dangerous throw-in but it is comfortably cleared by Leeds.

Watford 0-0 Leeds

20:02 , Sonia Twig

1 min: Watford get the match underway

Watford vs Leeds

8:00 PM , Sonia Twig

The teams are on the pitch and the match is about to start at Vicarage Road.

Watford vs Leeds

19:57 , Sonia Twig

Tom Cleverley was asked by Sky Sports about being head coach: “I see it as an advantage, the fact that I know the club and the chairman. I haven’t changed as a person, I was a respectful teammate and now I hope they respect me as a coach.

“We understand that we are at home and that they have been quite affected by the international break. They are a team with a lot of energy and high intensity and we have to match that.”

Watford vs Leeds

19:52 , Sonia Twig

Just five minutes to go until kick-off and after Ipswich’s victory over Blackburn in the 5.30pm kick-off, Leeds have a chance to get back at the top of the table.

Daniel Farke speaks ahead of the match

7:50 PM , Sonia Twig

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the match, Daniel Farke said: “You are forced to deal with some disappointing results. It’s football and they have to be there again, during the international break I was more concerned with some unnecessary injuries.

“It wasn’t the easiest break, but we have to be positive again.”

Watford vs Leeds

7:45 PM , Sonia Twig

Kickoff is now just 15 minutes away and the players are on the field warming up for the championship match.

Watford vs Leeds

7:40 PM , Sonia Twig

Watford vs Leeds

19:25 , Sonia Twig

Here are some photos from around the stadium:

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How to watch Watford vs Leeds

19:15 , Sonia Twig

When is Watford vs Leeds?

Watford vs Leeds kicks off at Vicarage Road on Friday 29 March at 8pm GMT.

How can I view it?

Viewers in the UK can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage on the channels from 7.30pm GMT.

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Watford team news

19:06 , Sonia Twig

Tom Cleverley has appointed his team as interim manager of the club ahead of its first home game.

Watford XI: Bachmann, Sierralta, Porteous, Lewis, Pollock, Asprilla, Bayo, Dele-Bashiru, Dennis, Kayembe, Andrews

Team news from Leeds

19:04 , Sonia Twig

Rutter is fit enough to play for Leeds but there are three key absences.

There will be no Gruev, Gnoto or Roberts, meaning Ampadu will move into central midfield and Cooper will be at center back.

Leeds XI: Meslier, Bryam, Gray, Rodon, Cooper, Ampadu, Kamara, Summerville, James, Georginio, Bamford

Watford vs Leeds

18:58 , Sonia Twig

The teams have arrived at Vicarage Road

Watford vs Leeds

6:45 PM , Sonia Twig

Team news

Watford were able to get through the international break unscathed and had no new fitness problems to report. That said, Jeremy Ngakia and Ken Sema are doubtful to make their returns against Leeds having suffered nursing problems during the break.

Wesley Hoedt will also miss the game as he serves the final game of his two-match suspension.

Leeds were not so lucky on the injury front – Connor Roberts limped off for Wales in the Euro play-off final defeat to Poland, while Charlie Cresswell was conspicuously absent from the England U21 squad that beat Luxembourg 7-0 on Tuesday.

Both may be unavailable for tonight’s outing as they join Stuart Dallas and Pascal Struijk in the treatment room.

Watford vs Leeds

6:30 PM , Sonia Twig

Leeds travel to 13th-placed Watford with a view to at least briefly putting breathing space between them and their promotion rivals, leaving them level on points with Leicester and just one above Ipswich Town in third place at the start of the match.

With all to play for in the race for the slots, the Hornets will be eager to cause trouble and derail Leeds’ rampant bid for a one-season return to the Premier League.

Watford vs Leeds

6:00 PM , Sonia Twig

Leeds United will be determined to pick up where they left off before the international break as the Championship leaders make the trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

With twelve wins in their last thirteen championship games, Daniel Farke’s men are undefeated in the competition in 2024. They closed what was once a 17-point gap on Leicester City, knocking the Foxes off their spot at the top of the table.

Watford vs Leeds

15:58 , Sonia Twig

Good afternoon and welcome to That of the Independents live coverage of Watford vs Leeds in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Hornets will have a tough task ahead of them with Leeds in contention alongside Leicester and Ipswich to be crowned Championship winners.

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