Stoke City vs Leeds UnitedEngland Championship, KO: 20:00 Oct 25, 2023, bet365 Stadium
Leeds United are aiming to maintain their recent good form as they travel to Stoke City for a midweek Championship fixture. Stoke have looked out of sorts lately and should find things difficult against their in-form visitors.
Stoke City picked up a 2-1 victory over Sunderland in their previous Championship fixture. They went into the break level after Ryan Mmaee's early effort was cancelled out by the visitors but Luke McNally’s second half effort proved to be the difference.
It was a much needed win for Stoke City, who have looked out of sorts in recent weeks. Alex Neil’s men had claimed just one win in their previous eight matches across all competitions, suffering six defeats in that run.
Stoke City mat have picked up a home win last time out but their recent record at bet365 Stadium has been troubling. Prior to last Saturday’s win, the Potters had suffered three straight Championship defeats in front of their fans.
While Stoke City are struggling to find their feet, Leeds United appear to be mounting a challenge for automatic promotion. They are third on the standings, six points behind second placed Ipswich Town having won four of their last five matches.
Leeds United travel to bet365 Stadium off the back of a 3-2 victory at Norwich City last time out in the Championship. They fought back from two goals down at the break with a second half brace from Crysencio Summerville helping them seal all three points.
That result highlights a solid away record for Leeds United, who have lost just once in their last five fixtures on the road, claiming three wins in that run. However, Daniel Farke’s men have not been particularly convincing at the back with five goals conceded in their last two away matches.
How the bookies view it
Leeds United have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at evens with William Hill to claim the victory. Stoke City are considered outsiders with a home win valued at 13/5 by Paddy Power while BetVictor is offering odds of 5/2 for a draw.
Head to head
Leeds United have a 29-17 advantage with 11 draws from 57 previous matches against Stoke City. Leeds are unbeaten in the last three meetings and picked up a 3-0 victory on their last visit to bet365 Stadium back in 2019.
Players to watch
Ryan Mmaee has found the net in the last two matches and could be the one to watch for Leeds United. The forward is priced at 3/1 by William Hill to get on the score sheet on Wednesday.
Joel Piroe has impressed for Leeds United this season and is their leading scorer with five Championship goals so far. William Hill is offering odds of 19/10 on the striker to find the net on Wednesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Neither team has been particularly solid at the back this season and Wednesday’s clash could be set to produce goals. Leeds United saw over 3.5 goals in their last fixture and a repeat is priced at 2/1 by bet365, who is also offering 4/5 for over 2.5 goals. Both teams could be backed to score at 4/6 with William Hill.
Given quality in Leeds United’s attack, they could be backed to score in both halves at 15/8 by BoyleSports.
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