Former Luton Town boss Jones has only won three games since being appointed Stoke boss in January, and on Wednesday night his team suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat at Preston, whilst Leeds were beating Brentford.
It is a fixture that Jones won last season and it is fair to say that he desperately needs three more points on Saturday because it wouldn't be a surprise to see Stoke part ways with him if things continue to go south.
Speaking to Sky Sports Football after the Preston defeat (21/08/2019), Jones didn't hide his honest thoughts on coming up against Bielsa's side despite his team being in such a rut.
"It's probably the best game we can have really," Jones told Sky Sports Football. "They are as good as a side there is in the league. In how they go about their job, in how they go about in everything they do.
"It's a tough game, but it is one that whets the appetite a little bit. We have to be far better in terms of certain basics that we did [against Preston] and then hopefully we will develop from there."
In a strange way, this game could prove to be more difficult for Leeds because a lot will be expected of them, and that against a team that many would have been tipping for promotion before a ball was kicked this season.
But, on the other hand, the Whites have a chance to pounce on Stoke's current form, and if they continue to produce poor performances, then their home crowd at the weekend will make sure they hear about it - all of which works in Leeds' favour.
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