Stoke City welcome Leeds United to the bet365 Stadium tomorrow night.
Stoke City go up against Leeds United in the Championship tomorrow evening, with both teams looking to build on impressive wins over the weekend.
The Potters beat Sunderland 2-1 at home to move up into 20th place of the Championship table after what’s been a dire start to the season for Alex Neil’s side, who’ve taken 13 points from their opening 12 games.
Daniel Farke’s Leeds meanwhile are now in 3rd after coming from two goals behind to beat Norwich City 3-2 on Saturday. The Whites have lost just one of their last 10 league games and have won their last three.
And ahead of tomorrow’s game, we’ve picked out five players who could dictate the game…
The Dutchman netted Leeds’ equalising and winning goals vs Norwich City on Saturday, taking his tally to four in nine Championship appearances so far this season.
His pace and energy on the flank has been a real threat for Leeds in the past few games and expect Farke to be counting on the 21-year-old to cause a leaky Stoke City defence some issues tomorrow night.
Stoke’s marquee summer signing has spent time on the sidelines this season, but he returned to the XI vs Sunderland and got his first Championship goal for the Potters too.
He’s a handful for opposition defences and with his first goal under his belt, he’ll be taking a lot of confidence into tomorrow night’s game vs Leeds.
Rutter has firmed his place in the starting XI in recent weeks, and with Joel Piroe somewhat misfiring at the minute, expect Rutter to keep his place in the side.
He’s another energetic Leeds United player who’ll look to run in behind a Stoke City defence made up of young and old players; Luke McNally vs Rutter could be a good battle to watch out for.
Pearson was Stoke’s standout man vs Sunderland. The midfielder is tenacious and tough and he’ll look to put a stop to any passing play by Leeds tomorrow.
Going up against the more technical likes of Glen Kamara and Ethan Ampadu, Pearson might well be able to dictate the midfield if he can impose his physicality on the game.
The man on loan from Bournemouth hasn’t started either of the last two for Leeds. But with a quick turnaround in games and another on the agenda this weekend, Farke could rotate and bring Anthony into the XI.
And when he’s played this season, he’s looked decent; he’s another attacking player with bags of pace and energy and a scoring touch too, so whether he starts or comes off the bench tonight, he’ll be a threat.