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Leeds United v Stoke City tips: Marcelo Bielsa leads his side into battle

| 05.08.2018

A new season. Two new managers. But one goal of returning to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa takes charge of his first game as a manager in England against Stoke City later today.

The Potters themselves have been in transition since being relegated from the top-flight last season.

Gary Rowett is now in the dugout with his sights set on earning a valuable three points at Elland Road.

Match odds

Leeds are 17/10 to win and give Bielsa the perfect welcome.

Stoke will want to prove they’re ready for the fight. Rowett’s men are 8/5 to return to the Potteries with victory.

The draw is 11/5.

Talking tactics

Jack Butland may well start in goal for Stoke. The England international appeared a certainty to leave at one point but could now begin as the clubs number one this season.

The centre-back duo of Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins-Indi should be a real scourge of Championship forwards this season.

A fresh attack of Tom Ince, Benik Afobe and James McClean looks lively.

While Rowett elects for a 4-3-3 formation, Bielsa – ever the innovator – will likely field a 3-3-1-3 formation.

This should free up new loan signings Lewis Baker and Jack Harrison to create opportunities for Patrick Bamford or Kemar Roofe.

Goalscorer odds

In Rowett’s last 85 away games as a manager, his teams have only scored a combined 91 goals.

However, he now has a strike-force of Premier League level that is proven in the Championship.

Afobe is 9/5 to notch in the game and 10/1 to score two goal or more.

Patrick Bamford will be Bielsa’s focal point up top. The former Chelsea youngster is 6/4 to score any time.

Peter Crouch could feature at some point for The Potters. The former England man is 11/2 to bag the last goal.

Match info

Where: Elland Road, Leeds

When: 7:45pm

How to watch it: Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event

Click here for all our Leeds v Stoke odds

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication








Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.