Former Leeds United defender Ben Parker believes the Championship clash against Stoke City on Saturday will work in favour of the Whites.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men maintained their number one status in the Championship and put an end to a run of three straight defeats when they registered a convincing 2-0 win over Derby County last Friday.

The Whites, who are aiming to knit together a run on the back of an impressive win over the Rams, will next face Stoke at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Despite the game being marred by the controversy around the ‘spygate’ incident, the visitors will be eager to let their football do the talking on the pitch.

And Parker, who started his senior career at Elland Road, feels the fixture could play into Leeds United’s hands due to Nathan Jones’ expressive football philosophy.

The former Whites defender explained that the newly-appointed Stoke boss will refrain from holding his horses and claims his nature will work into the visitors’ favour on Saturday.

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“I think it’s going to be a very entertaining game of football”, Parker said on LUTV.

“The new manager coming in, Jones from Luton, very entertaining, very expressive, he likes his team to score a lot of goals, be on the front foot, but on the flipside, that will suit us.

“We like teams coming to do that to us, but I think we might have to weather the storm early on. We have got the players to do that.

“Liam Cooper being back and he was fantastic on Friday night plus all the back-four and the 'keeper as well. Adam Forshaw just sitting in front, getting the second balls.

“So if those five, six players can do exactly the same thing, we have got the attacking players to go and hurt Stoke and utilise that space.”

Leeds could open up a seven-point lead over second-placed Sheffield United, who are in action later in the day, if they secure maximum points in Staffordshire on Saturday.