Good afternoon. The start of the Championship season is just 11 days away and Stoke City are stepping up their preparations by taking on Leeds United in the Potteries this afternoon.
They will be without Adam Davies, hero of the penalty shoot out win over Blackpool, because he is away on international duty with Wales.
But the game will be useful preparation for Michael O’Neill and his side as they look forward to the start of the Championship campaign, at Millwall on September 12.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are preparing for a Premier League season that kicks off away to Liverpool.
They also have players missing because of international duty including new signings Rodrigo and Robin Koch, captain Liam Cooper and Gjanni Alioski, Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich.