MX23RW : Wednesday, April 24 10:09:42| >> :60:334:334:
[monks data]
Leeds logo
Championship | Gameweek 36
Mar 5, 2024 at 7.45pm UK
Elland Road
Stoke logo

Leeds
1 - 0
Stoke

James (33')
Gruev (90+5')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Laurent (37'), Pearson (69')
Pearson (86')

Preview: Leeds United vs. Stoke City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Leeds United and Stoke City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Seeking to snap a two-game winless run across all tournaments, Leeds United host Stoke City at their Elland Road headquarters in Tuesday's Championship showdown.

The Whites were forced to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town over the weekend, while the Potters sunk Middlesbrough 2-0 to breathe new life into their survival bid.


Match preview

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke reacts on February 24, 2024© Reuters

Nine wins from nine Championship matches in 2024 was expected to become 10 from 10 for Leeds at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday, as the promotion-chasing Whites clashed with a Huddersfield Town side teetering dangerously close to the relegation line, but their perfect second-tier streak since the turn of the year was finally broken.

A frenzied period of first-half injury time saw Michal Helik prod home the opener for Huddersfield before Jonathan Hogg was rightly given his marching orders for two bookable offences, and Leeds made their extra man count midway through the second half as Patrick Bamford swept home the leveller.

However, Leeds could not convert one point into three against the 10-man Terriers, leading to a palpable sense of disappointment at the full-time whistle, although Daniel Farke felt that a couple more officiating decisions could have gone his side's way as a foul-happy Huddersfield scrapped for a point.

With 11 games of the regular season left to play, automatic promotion is now out of Leeds' hands as they sit third in the Championship standings, two points worse off than Ipswich Town and five behind leaders Leicester City, and the impending international break will be a welcome sight for a team who have played eight times since the start of February.

Farke's men now return to a ground where they are incredibly yet to suffer a single competitive defeat in 2023-24 - winning 13 of their last 14 Championship games and each of their last six at Elland Road - and they remain the only team in the second tier with their unbeaten home record still intact.

Stoke City manager Steven Schumacher after the match on January 1, 2024© Reuters

Thirty-eight goals scored in front of the home crowd is also the second-best record of its kind behind Ipswich's 44, and Leeds have conceded a league-low 12 goals on familiar territory, suggesting that Stoke certainly have their work cut out on Tuesday night.

The Potters share something in common with their midweek hosts, though, as both sides are fighting to clamber above a dotted line between now and the end of the campaign, and Steven Schumacher's men reignited their survival quest with a two-goal beating of Boro on Saturday.

Low strikes in either half from Bae Jun-ho and Lewis Baker gave the sparsely-populated bet365 Stadium crowd plenty to cheer, and Stoke are now one of four sides on 38 points, but their inferior goalscoring tally means that they remain in the drop zone in 22nd spot.

Such is the congested nature of the Championship standings that Stoke are only two points worse off than Plymouth Argyle in 16th, but their away form does not provide any reassurance ahead of their trip to Leeds' Elland Road fortress, as they have lost their last three on the road to Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City.

The Potters faithful should be encouraged by their team's nine-game scoring streak in Championship away matches, though, and Stoke eked out a surprise 1-0 win over Leeds at the bet365 Stadium back in October, but their last stopover at Elland Road in July 2020 ended in a 5-0 mauling.

Leeds United Championship form:


Leeds United form (all competitions):


Stoke City Championship form:


Team News

Leeds United celebrate scoring against Leicester City in the Championship on February 23, 2024.© Reuters

After working with several doubts for the FA Cup loss to Chelsea, Farke had all of Bamford, Georginio Rutter, Crysencio Summerville and Ilia Gruev at his disposal for the meeting with Huddersfield, where each member of the quartet completed the full 90 minutes.

A quintet of players were missing from the squad at the weekend, though, including Stuart Dallas (hip), Pascal Struijk (groin), Karl Darlow (thumb), Joe Gelhardt (back) and Jamie Shackleton (illness), but Gelhardt battle back in time for Tuesday.

The hosts will also be without Jaidon Anthony due to personal reasons, while left-back Junior Firpo picked up a slight calf injury against Huddersfield and is a doubt.

Farke may still be tempted to tinker with his attacking system due to Bamford and Summerville's recent niggles - Joel Piroe and Daniel James are waiting in the wings - and the quick turnaround means that the former could come in for Bamford, who has goals in each of his last three league home games.

Over at Stoke, Schumacher could once again be working without a recognised left-back for the trip to Elland Road, as Jordan Thompson serves the second of a two-game suspension for picking up his 10th booking of the Championship campaign against Cardiff City last month.

With Enda Stevens nursing a hamstring problem, American winger Lynden Gooch ought to be shoe-horned into an emergency defensive role again, and midfield fulcrum Wouter Burger is also just one booking away from a ban of his own.

Luke McNally is still keeping Stevens company in the treatment room as he works his way back from a thigh concern, while striker Junior Tchamadeu will not be available either; the 20-year-old suffered an unspecified injury against Cardiff.


Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Gray, Ampadu, Rodon, Roberts; Gruev, Kamara; Gnonto, Rutter, James; Piroe

Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Iversen; Hoever, Rose, Wilmot, Gooch; Baker, Burger, Laurent; Manhoef, Ennis, Bae


SM words green background

We say: Leeds United 3-1 Stoke City

Stoke's offensive forces are rarely kept out on enemy territory, but shutting up shop at the other end of the pitch is where the Potters' problems lie away from home, and such vulnerabilities will surely be exposed by the Championship's best home team.

Fatigue may be starting to set in for Farke's overworked troops, but the Whites boss can adjust his attacking setup with some formidable options and ought to oversee a seventh straight league win at Elland Road.


For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.


ID:538108:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect14451:

Previews by email

Click here to get Sports Mole's daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!


Game History

How you voted: Leeds vs Stoke

Leeds United
86.7%
Draw
6.3%
Stoke City
7.0%
143
Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Che Adams celebrates scoring for Southampton on August 2023
Read Next:
Southampton, Leeds, Coventry all advance to FA Cup fifth round
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.
rhs 2.0
Today's games header
Tables header RHS
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leicester CityLeicester443041086394794
2Leeds UnitedLeeds44279880374390
3Ipswich TownIpswich432611685533289
4Southampton442591085612484
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom4420121267442372
6Norwich CityNorwich442191477611672
7Hull City431812136254866
8Coventry CityCoventry4217121366521463
9Middlesbrough44189176460463
10Preston North EndPreston44189175661-563
11Cardiff CityCardiff44195205061-1162
12Bristol City441611175147459
13Sunderland44168205251156
14Swansea CitySwansea441511185762-556
15Watford441217155958153
16Millwall441411194355-1253
17Stoke CityStoke441311204460-1650
18Queens Park RangersQPR441311204157-1650
19Blackburn RoversBlackburn441310215874-1649
20Plymouth ArgylePlymouth441212205869-1148
21Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds44138233968-2947
22Birmingham CityBirmingham441210224864-1646
23Huddersfield TownHuddersfield44917184774-2744
RRotherham UnitedRotherham44412283285-5324


Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!