Leeds vs Stoke / Championship – Former titleholders Leeds and Stoke meet in the only Sunday match in the English second division. Leeds landed in 13th place last season, while Stoke relegated after 10 years in first division, last season. The teams met for the last time 12 years ago, also in the championship, when Stoke won two clear wins.
As stated in the introduction, Leeds finished last season in 13th place in the championship. That was significantly worse than the placement in the previous season. At that time he was in fact table screen. The team was also not competitive in terms of playoff places, so in February, the new coach Heckingbottom was brought. However, he did not make any noteworthy progress, which is why the experienced Argentine specialist Bielsa was hired in the summer. For him this is the first engagement in Europe.
Of course, everyone now expects that he leads Leeds in the first league and that’s why five new players were recently brought to it. These are goalkeeper Blackman and Chelsea midfielder Bakers, Wolverhampton defender Douglas, Manchester City striker Harrison and Middlesbrough Bamford. On the other hand, goalkeeper Wiedwald, center-back Pennington, midfielder Vieiro and strikers Lassoga, Sacko and Cibicki left the club.
Expected lineup Leeds: Blackman – Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Douglas – Forshaw, Baker – Hernandez, Saiz, Alioski – Bamford
First and foremost, Stoke has played in the top league for 10 years and is now in the championship. Under the leadership of coach Pulis Stoke was considered one of the most defensive oriented and most compact team in the first division. But since he’s gone, the team’s playing style has also changed and last season’s coaching did not help. The championship ended on the penultimate place in the table, three points behind the safe zone.
For this reason, the cooperation with coach Lambert was not continued. Instead of him Rowett was brought, who used to lead Derby. He started immediately with the reconstruction of the team, focusing especially on the offensive. The new additions have so far included goalkeeper Federici, center-back Williams, midfielder Etebo, strikers Ince and McClean and striker Afobe, while goalkeeper Grant, defenders Zouma, Wimmer, Johnson and Stafylidis, midfielder Ireland and strikers Shaqiri, Jese and Sobhi have all left the club.
Expected lineup Stoke: Butland – Bauer, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters – Allen, Ndiaye – Ince, Etebo, McClean – Afobe
Of course, at the start of the new season, Stoke would like to make it clear to everyone that he is only interested in a quick return to the premier league. However, Leeds is now led by the experienced Bielsa, which is why we expect much better games for today’s hosts this season, and goals should be scored on both sides.
Tip: both teams score
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