David Prutton anticipates that Leeds United will face a more manageable challenge against Stoke City compared to their recent encounter with Norwich City. The Whites, having come back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Daniel Farke’s former team 3-2 in their last match, are now aiming for their fourth consecutive Championship victory as they visit the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday, October 25th.
Stoke has struggled this season, but they secured a 2-1 victory over Alex Neil’s former club, Sunderland, in their last outing. However, Sky Sports presenter David Prutton anticipates a “challenging” fixture for Stoke this time and has predicted a 2-0 win for Leeds.
Prutton stated in his Sky Sports prediction page (dated October 23rd): “The win against his old Sunderland side was of great importance for Alex Neil on Saturday and should provide a boost in confidence. Nevertheless, they are up against a Leeds side that is in good form and displayed their resilience in the match against Norwich on Saturday, coming from two goals down to secure a 3-2 win. I believe Leeds will earn another three points, and I don’t expect it to be as demanding for them as their match at Carrow Road.”
Sustaining the Momentum
On the surface, it’s challenging to dispute Prutton’s viewpoint that this fixture should be less demanding for Leeds compared to their recent trip to Norwich, who were keen on strengthening their promotion prospects on their home ground.
However, as Leeds supporters are well aware, football doesn’t always adhere to expectations, and playing away at Stoke has historically been considered one of the tougher outings in the football hierarchy. This is why people often ask whether a world-class player like Lionel Messi could perform on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke.
Ultimately, what truly matters is whether the current group of Leeds players can emerge victorious against a team that has struggled near the bottom of the table but has recently gained confidence from defeating a strong Sunderland side.
Securing back-to-back wins in the Championship is no small feat. If Leeds can secure their fourth consecutive victory, it would be a remarkable achievement, reinforcing the belief that they can close the gap on the top two teams and become contenders in the race for automatic promotion