Leeds vs Stoke
England – Championship
Date: Thursday, 9 July 2020
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa is on the verge of delivering his promise. After the heartbreak of last season, where his team was eliminated in the playoffs, it seemed like a long road to secure promotion this time around.
However, this campaign, the Whites are taking no chance. They do not even want to go through the hassles of playoffs, and want a direct-promotion ticket to the Premier League.
As of now, they are placed top-most in the table, and just need to manage the next five match-days, before the season comes to an end.
However, they need to be wary of the threat posed by Brentford. The team needs to play it safe, and secure as many points as they can, to avoid another heartbreak.
Considering that they are taking on the Potters from the bottom tier, over whom they possess a great h2h record, the expectation is that Leeds will win this Thursday. Also note that Stoke have been struggling on the road for the past several game weeks.
Leeds vs Stoke: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Bielsa’s men recorded a 0-3 win on the road in the reverse fixture.
- They also scored a total of nine goals from the past four match-ups.
- Five of the preceding eight wins had gone to them as well.
- Since 1990, the guests have won just once at this venue.
- Three of the former six clashes at this venue saw the hosts keeping clean sheets.
Leeds vs Stoke: Prediction
The Whites recorded a 1-3 win on the road the last match-day, against Blackburn. In the meantime, the Potters registered a 4-0 victory at home the past game week, against Barnsley. However, it needs to be noted that Barnsley are a newly-promoted team to this league, and are frontrunners to get relegated.
As things stand, Bielsa’s men are the favorites to post the three points. They are so close to making their dream come true, and they have smelt blood. It would be incredibly hard to prevent them from making their long overdue trip to the PL.
They have been easily the best team in the Championship this campaign, and are placed at the top-most rightfully. They were unbeaten in eight of their previous ten overall games, and remained so in fifteen of their preceding seven home appearances.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in five of their last seven overall fixtures, and in eighteen of their former twenty-two road trips. On top of that, they have been winless at this venue in the past fourteen years, and they had lost the reverse fixture at home 0-3.
Taking these observations into account, expect a convincing win from Leeds this Thursday.
Leeds vs Stoke: Betting Tips
Leeds to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Half Time/ Full Time: Leeds/ Leeds @ 2.25 (5/4).