Preview: Leeds United v Stoke City

Preview: Leeds United v Stoke City

We look at Thursday's clash.

Leeds United return to Elland Road on Thursday (5:00pm), looking for back-to-back wins in the Sky Bet Championship against Stoke City.  The Whites come into the game on the back of an impressive 3-1 away victory at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.  The Potters, now managed by former Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill are in a relegation battle, but recorded a crucial 4-0 victory over Barnsley, ensuring they now sit above the bottom three.  Back in August Leeds recorded a fine 3-0 victory over Stoke in the Championship, with Stuart Dallas memorably scoring one of the team goals of the season.

Manager/head coach

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa

Stoke City: Michael O'Neill

League position

Leeds United: 1st*

Stoke City: 19th*

*Prior to Wednesday's fixtures


Leeds United: WLWDW

Stoke City: WDLLW

Top scorer

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford (15)

Stoke City: Sam Clucas (10)

Head to head

Leeds United wins: 46

Draws: 18

Stoke City wins: 30

Last time at Elland Road

Carabao Cup Round Two

Leeds United 2 (Nketiah 67, Costa 81)

Stoke City 2 (Bathh 39, Vokes 44)

(Stoke won 5-4 on penalties)

Team news

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Helder Costa and Stuart Dallas could both return to the starting line-up after missing Saturday's trip to Blackburn through injury.  Joe Allen, Tom Edwards and Thibaud Verlinden are all set to miss out for the Potters.


Referee: Darren Bond

Assistant Referee 1: James Mainwaring

Assistant Referee 2: Steven Meredith

Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue

The key battle

Kalvin Phillips v Sam Clucas

Clucas has been one of the standout performers for Stoke, with 10 goals from midfield.  Clucas will be up against Phillips on Thursday evening, who will be looking to prevent the Potters man from adding to his tally.

Latest odds

Leeds United: 2/5

Draw: 10/3

Stoke City: 7/1

(Odds correct at time of article published)

How to watch

Thursday's game has been selected for live broadcast on Sky Sports. Season Ticket Holders who selected the 'Club Bundle' can watch the game on LUTV, whilst all supporters can still listen to live audio commentary.  CLICK HERE for more details.