Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 15.00 BST, 10.00 AM EDT, 12.00 ART
Venue: bet365 Stadium
Streaming: LUTV, iFollow
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All-time Record: Leeds v Stoke: 45W 18D 28L
Reverse Fixture: 5 August 2018: Leeds United 3-1 Stoke City
#LUFC go into this weekend's fixture having had more possession than their opponents in 26 of their 27 @SkyBetChamp matches this season. Here's how they compare to #SCFC ahead of the game. #EFL #MOT @MultiflightUK pic.twitter.com/gGh1GxH0yS— StatZone (@StatZoneSports) January 18, 2019
The two seasons have gone in pretty much opposite directions for Leeds and Stoke since the beginning of the season. Leeds are top of the league and playing remarkable football at the moment, looking impressive not only in attack, but also in defence. Leeds are leaders in possession in the league and have only been out-possessed once this season, and that was away at Sheffield United.
Stoke, on the other hand, are on their second manager of the season, as they sacked Gary Rowett and hired Luton Town’s Nathan Jones. Stoke are still sitting on parachute payments from the Premier League and a roster full of players that played in the Prem, but that hasn’t been of very much help, as the club is currently in 15th place in the table, eight points away from the playoff positions and 12 from the relegation zone.
Jones has already lost his first match in charge of Stoke, as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Shrewsbury, and Stoke have only won once in their last five league matches.
Ever the transparent manager, Marcelo Bielsa has already named his team for Saturday’s match, as he’ll be putting out the same lineup that tore apart Derby County. Of course, if it’s not broke, why fix it, despite the addition of former Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla this past week.
So can Leeds get another result against Stoke? The club opened up the season with an incredible win that set the tone for this season for Leeds, so will the reverse fixture provide another quality win for Leeds? Or can Jones get his team ready for the steady onslaught of Leeds attacks?
Let us know what you think the score will be in the comments.