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Leeds United vs Stoke City - From bad to worse for Stoke City
Leeds United are set to defeat Stoke City for the second time in three days
Leeds United have been dominant so far this campaign (Getty Images)
Leeds United vs Stoke City Tips, Predictions & Free Bets
Stoke City meet Leeds United for the second time in three days on Tuesday night. The two sides met in the EFL Championship this past weekend, with Leeds securing a comfortable 3-0 victory over the struggling Midlands club.
There is little to suggest that the result will be any different in the English League Cup and we are backing Leeds in the handicap market.
Leeds United vs Stoke City Match Details
|Date||Tuesday 27th August|
|Competition||English League Cup|
|Time||19:45 (GMT +1)|
Leeds United Form & Team News
Leeds come into Tuesday’s game full of confidence. The Whites comfortably defeated Stoke 3-0 at the weekend thanks to goals from Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Ezgjan Alioski.
Bielsa’s men have won five of their opening six games in all competitions, with the only points dropped in a draw with Nottingham Forest.
In the last round, they comfortably saw off Salford City 3-0. Bielsa will want to keep the momentum going in his camp and is likely to field a fairly strong side against Stoke. Edward Nketiah started and scored past Salford in the opening round and could be handed a start against Stoke to allow Bamford to rest.
Leeds are favourites for the match with odds of 1.57 with bet365. This offers very little value, but a bet on Leeds with a -1 handicap at odds of 2.5 is worth an outlay.
Stoke City Form & Team News
Stoke City have really struggled to get going this season. The Potters are without a win in their opening five league games and manager Nathan Jones is potentially facing the sack if he can't turn their form around quickly.
They were comfortably defeated by Leeds at the weekend. They are without a win in 11 games and have lost four of their opening five games of the season. They have also only managed to keep one clean sheet in those 11 games.
Tyrese Campbell could be handed a start to add something different to a rather blunt attacking line. Sam Vokes, who bagged the winner in the last round against Wigan is also likely to be placed back in the starting 11. Federici will hold his place in goal after Jack Butland was dropped following a string of costly mistakes.
Stoke are priced all the way at 6.00 for the win. This reflects their recent poor run of form and the fact that they are unlikely to break it soon.
Leeds United vs Stoke City Match Analysis - Desperate Stoke to lose again
The pressure is mounting on manager Nathan Jones to deliver a result for Stoke. The former Luton manager has failed to deliver any exciting football since arriving at the start of the year.
Leeds cut The Potters open comfortably at the weekend and unless Bielsa puts out a totally different starting 11 on Tuesday, it is difficult to see past that happening again.
Leeds United vs Stoke City Betting Tips - Leeds backed in the handicap market
Leeds looked set to pick up another comfortable victory against Stoke this week. After conceding six goals in their last two games, Stoke’s focus will be to not lose too heavily.
Leeds are great value at 2.25 in the -1 handicap market with bet365 and given how comfortably they defeated Stoke at the weekend, and the fact that the fixture is at Elland Road this time, that is our tip for the match.