Leeds United face Stoke City for the second time in four days on Tuesday evening, after beating the Potters 3-0 in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

This time the Whites host Nathan Jones’ men in the Carabao Cup, with both sides looking to make it into the third round of the competition, and take a step closer to a chance of winning the cup later in the campaign.

While Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa picking the best XI he had available to him for the league success at the weekend, he has confirmed that he will look to make a number of changes for this second meeting, as his side continue to navigate a very testing schedule.

The Whites are suffering with a few injuries at the present time, but they made seven switches to their XI for the first round clash with Salford City a couple of weeks ago, and similar is expected here too.

That means there is likely to be another chance for Leeds hotshot duo of Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa to impress, while Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton could also be involved from the beginning once again.

One man who could also feature is left-back Barry Douglas. The former Wolves defender has missed the last couple of matches with injury, but he is expected to have overcome his issues to start against the Potters.

Leeds boss Bielsa gave an indication over the likely strength of his side for the cup clash, after the win against the Potters on Saturday afternoon.

“The team we will play will be more similar to the team we played in the first round of the Carabao Cup than the one we played today,” the Yorkshire Evening Post quote him as saying.

Leeds have the quality to go deep in this competition, and they will hope to make progress by claiming a second win over Stoke in the space of a few days.


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