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Match Preview – Stoke vs Leeds

Last Updated: 18/01/19 2:53pm

Benik Afobe should return for Stoke

Benik Afobe should return for Stoke

Benik Afobe should return for Stoke

Stoke boss Nathan Jones will revert back to his strongest line-up for the home game against Leeds.

Jones made eight changes for his first home game in charge of the Potters in midweek when his side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Shrewsbury.

Bojan, who missed out on Tuesday night through illness, could return to contention, while Jones has no new injury concerns. The likes of Jack Butland, Ryan Shawcross, Joe Allen, Benik Afobe and Saido Berahino are expected to return to the starting line-up.

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Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he will name an unchanged starting XI. New signing Kiko Casilla will not be involved after the goalkeeper completed his move from Real Madrid on Thursday, meaning Bailey Peacock-Farrell will continue.

Midfielder Izzy Brown (hamstring) is edging closer to his return, but is still not ready for first-team action. Striker Patrick Bamford (knee), defenders Barry Douglas (muscle strain) and Gaetano Berardi (hamstring), plus winger Stuart Dallas (foot) are still out.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Brentford and Stoke.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Brentford and Stoke.

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This is the first league meeting between Stoke and Leeds at the bet365 Stadium since December 2006, when the Potters won 3-1.

Leeds are looking to complete a league double over Stoke for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Stoke striker Benik Afobe has scored in his last four Championship appearances against Leeds, scoring once in each match – however, he is yet to end on the winning side this season when scoring for the Potters (W0 D4 L2).

Leeds have had more possession than their opponents in 26 of their 27 Championship matches under Marcelo Bielsa – the other match was their 1-0 win over Sheffield United in December (44.2% possession).

Against Brentford in Nathan Jones’ first game in charge, Stoke had just two shots – the joint-fewest attempted by any team in a Championship match this season.

Leeds have won 16 Championship matches this season – just one fewer than they managed in the entirety of last season (17).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Derby.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Derby.

Prutton’s prediction

It was not a good start for Nathan Jones at Stoke last week as they were convincingly beaten by a resurgent Brentford, but you feel they will be a different proposition this week after he has had some proper time to work with them.

In terms of a first game at home it doesn’t get tougher for him than Leeds. You can have no doubt that Marcelo Bielsa will have done his homework anymore, either! Away win.

David Prutton predicts: 0-2 (11/1 with Sky Bet)

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