Marcelo Bielsa hopes to make a positive start at Leeds United when his team takes on Stoke City, who are fresh from their relegation, at Elland Road on Sunday. This happens to be one of the highly fixtures on the opening weekend of the 2018-19 Championship campaign. Leeds are vying promotion to the top flight after a 15-year absence while Stoke are looking to re-establish their top division status within 12 months. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Leeds United have been handing Bielsa with substantial signings that can help the underachievers make a difference in the upcoming league table. After a few indifferent results in pre-season, Leeds ended up with wins over Guiseley and Las Palmas.
Stoke City have had a disastrous pre-season with the team managing to avoid defeat in just one of the last five games.
The game between Stoke and Leeds makes a return to the football league calendar for the first time since 2006. Stoke managed a 3-1 victory back then. Our betting tips and predictions expect a win for Leeds United.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Leeds United win at 2.80[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City are at a price 2.75 for a victory. It is a short price for a team that has had a tough pre-season, while the change in management is much more difficult for a newly relegated team. Leeds had a decent home record last season with only seven defeats in 23 outings. In fact, they failed to lose any of the last four home matches. Since this fixture is back on the calendar after more than a decade, historical dominance is unlikely to count much. Home advantage, though, is a different prospect and Leeds can capitalise on the same.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Leeds United win at 2.80[/bet_tip_now]
Leeds United vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.25
Stoke City win odds: 2.75
Correct Score odds
Stoke City have had a disastrous pre-season largely because of their inability to score goals. The loss of creative players like Xherdan Shaqiri makes a lot of difference to any team and Stoke are no different. Leeds United have made some crucial signings in the market and Bielsa’s attacking philosophy will have its say. Our correct score prediction would opt for a Leeds United 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Leeds United 2-1 win at 10.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Marcelo Bielsa is a manager who favours an attacking brand of football and this is likely to provide plenty of entertainment to Leeds supporters of the season. Stoke City are unlikely to contribute much in the attacking sense, but the goals from Leeds alone may lead to a high-scoring fixture. Our total goals prediction would opt for over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Leeds United already have a strong attacking line-up and it has been strengthened further with the arrival of Patrick Bamford. The former Chelsea forward has an excellent scoring record in the Championship – 36 goals in 100 appearances across four campaigns. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Bamford.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Patrick Bamford at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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