Leeds United Away to Stoke

A late winner from Arsenal on loan striker Eddie Nketiah, against Brentford, was enough to give Leeds the 3 points. It was a game they only managed to draw last season, so a gain of 2 points.

Current projected total : 85 points

Saturday sees them with an opportunity to gain an additional 3 points, from their visit to the bet365 Stadium, in a match they lost 2-1 last season.

Much was expected of Stoke this year, but they’ve made a poor start to the season, currently sitting bottom of the division, with just 1 point from their opening 4 games. Leeds on the other hand have shaken off the disappointment from the end of last season and a riding high at the top of the table with 10 points.

It’s a game that if they want to get a top 2 finish, they need to be walking away with all 3 points, but it’s also the sort of match, against teams in poor form, where they slipped up last year. Most memorable being QPR had gone 7 league defeats in a row, when Leeds lost there 1-0 and Stoke had only taken 1 point from their previous 4 league games, prior to their 2-1 victory.

Marcelo Bielsa says he has learnt lessons from last year. Leeds have already laid to rest the ghosts of last Easter, with wins over Wigan and Brentford, two defeats that killed off any hopes of automatic promotion last season.  Can they take another step to prove that this season they’ve finally got what it takes to secure automatic promotion?

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