Leeds United v Stoke City
Thursday 9th July at 5.00pm | Elland Road
Stoke are the visitors to Elland Road on Thursday for an early evening kick off against top of the table Leeds Utd. Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill will take heart from their 4-0 home win against Barnsley courtesy of goals from Sam Vokes, Tom Ince and a brace from Tyrese Campbell which have lifted the Potters to 18th in the Championship, two points and four places from the drop zone. That was their first win at the fourth attempt since the season re-started, and one their best performances of the season.
Leeds have collected seven points from an available twelve since the season restarted. They are currently second place in the table, two points behind West Brom following their victory against Derby last night. Brentford are three points back in third place Brentford who have a far better goal difference then the Whites. Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that both Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa will be fit to play against Stoke City. The duo missed the last game through injury. Many fans believe this would be unfair on Douglas and Alioski who both played well during their 3-1 win at Ewood Park last weekend.
Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Roberts, Bamford
Subs: Miazek, Berardi, Douglas, Struijk, Stevens, Shackleton, Alioski, Poveda, Hernandez
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Unless Bielsa i tends to put Costa on the left I think bringing those teo back in wouldnt be a great idea.
Good subs to have on the bench to bring on doending on the match situation. Especially as we are allowed five now.
'I am quite clear in my mind that one has to feel sincere love for those he leads, and if he doesn't feel it naturally, then he must learn how to feel it' Marcelo Bielsa
'Would he kill his granny to win a match?' Bobby Collins
Costa on the other hand, I would keep on the bench.
Stoke are scrapping for their lives despite all the investment from the Coates family. I don't know if they are a team of well paid failures? Nathen Jones couldn't inspire them that's for sure.
Not to mention motivate the lads even more. That might not seem possible considering the stakes, but it's akin to the runner who manages to find that last burst of energy to propel themselves over the finishing line, regardless of whether the chasing pack is miles or inches behind them.
It’s not O’Neill’s style to pack the defence. With Northern Ireland he didn’t generally go ultra defensive and wasn’t afraid to take on a game. Hope that’s the case today.
That's the style, encapsulated the correct philosophy in a nutshell.
Positive attitude, no fear, invincible fortitude, storming forward with
the cardboard crowd animated in their seats, coming to life and roaring
the boys on to victory, and as a counterpoint Bielsa does the Slavic Gopnik
squat and smiles contentedly to himself, whilst contemplating the fact
that Jorge Luis Borges, who is blind, can be the director of the National Library
in Argentina. The delicious irony of it... a blind man in charge of all the books.
Why it is almost as tasty as Leeds winning the Championship.
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Stoke.have been the best side for finding streams against for some reason
Hopeful Costa has a good game too.
We're needing big players to deliver now and get back top.
Beisla believes not only on himself but much more importantly on these players & this Club...Marching on Together.
COME ON LEEDS UNITED.