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Stoke City vs. Leeds United - 8/5/18 Friendly Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Leeds United vs. Stoke City

Soccer: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:30 am (Elland Road)

The Line: Stoke City +152 / Leeds United +158 / Draw +198 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN+

Leeds United and Stoke City meet Sunday in a English League Championship soccer match at Elland Road.

Leeds United has produced victories in back-to-back matches and is coming off a 1-0 victory over Las Plamas that was decided on a goal from Kemar Roofe. Leeds United hopes the addition of coach Marcelo Bielsa will give this club a much needed shot in the arm, as well as bringing in players Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford. Leeds United has produced positive results in five of its last six friendly matches and has scored two or more goals in three of those six contests. So, Leeds United is a side that’s playing well heading into competition and has to feel it made proper moves in the offseason to take that next step. A home victory here would obviously be a nice start to the season for Leeds United.

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Stoke City vs. Leeds United - 8/5/18 Friendly Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Stoke City has really nowhere to go but up after losing four of its last five friendly matches and five of its last eight matches overall. Stoke City failed to score in its last two matches and hasn’t scored in four of its last five matches. Of course, things weren’t much better for Stoke City to wrap up the Premier League last season, and some offseason player moves don’t provide any more confidence for this squad. At this point, I’m not sure anybody is expecting anything big from Stoke City this season, as the lack of offense is a serious issue and the lack of victories have become tiresome for a team that has finished outside of 10th place in league play in seven of its last 10 seasons. Anything positive in this match will be considered a victory for the slumping Stoke City. 

The last time these two teams played was in the 2006 English League Championship, a match Stoke City won 3-1. Stoke City is 2-0-1 against Leeds United in the last three matches. Three of the last five matches have produced one or less goals.

Leeds United has dominated Stoke City in past meetings, but I’m not sure how much stock you put into that considering the last match was 12 years ago. Either way, Stoke City is in downright brutal form and hasn’t provided even a glimmer of hope that things are going to turn around. This team can’t score, has trouble at times defending and the lack of positive results have to be weighing on the players mind at some point.

Leeds United should win this match.

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