There’s a blistering fixture from the Championship this Sunday as Leeds entertain ex Premier League side Stoke City at Elland Road (KO 16:30)
What: Leeds Utd v Stoke City
Where: Elland Road, Leeds, England
When: Sunday 5th August 2018 16:30
It should prove to be a mouthwatering atmosphere and a game which is surely not to be missed.
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Both these sides will have Premier League promotion ambitions, with Leeds still trying to find the perfect mix while Stoke will be hoping to bounce back to the upper tier of English football at the first attempt.
Finally Marcelo Bielsa looks to be the right man at the helm for Leeds and the Argentinian looks to have a well prepared squad coming into this fixture.
Left back Barry Douglas has arrived from Wolves in a £3m deal, a player Cardiff boss Neil Warnock claims was the ‘best defender in the league’ last season, while Jack Harrison has arrived on a loan deal from Manchester City while Championship journeyman Patrick Bamford has joined in a £7m move from Middlesbrough.
Stoke themselves will be looking forward to the new season with optimism, with Gary Rowett managing to keep hold of the old guard – Joe Allen has remained at the club as well as Ryan Shawcross, while Benik Afobe has arrived from Wolves.
It should prove to be an intriguing fixture, with both sides priced up at decent odds for the win.
Ultimately, we’re backing Leeds to shade this tie by the odd goal, with 9/5 offered by Bet365 a big enough carrot for us to get involved with.
Hang on to your hats, this one should set pulses racing.