Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United: Neil Redfearn’s side better in two key areas

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A statistical look at today’s Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park…

Blackburn Rovers will probably be favourites to win against Leeds United at Ewood Park in the Championship later today.

Gary Bowyer’s side will head into today’s clash placed seventh in the league table with 27 points from 17 matches, just two points off a playoff spot.

Meanwhile, Neil Redfearn’s rejuvenated Leeds are currently 15th in the standings with 20 points, four points above the relegation zone and nine behind sixth-placed Watford.

As the stats table below shows, Blackburn are superior to Leeds in almost every area, but they are two key departments in which the West Yorkshire outcome are better.

  GoalsTotal ShotsKey PassesAccurate CrossWon TackleGoals ConcededAccurate PassPossession PercentageShots Against
Blackburn 27 281 210 97 225 24 5,170 49.53 244
Leeds 20 184 142 38 265 24 5,749 49.47 270

Leeds have won more tackles and have played more accurate passes than Blackburn, and by quite a margin as well.

This certainly shows that the Whites are clean in their challenges and are also better in possession, but there are a number of other areas in which they lag behind.

Take for example the crosses. Only 38 of Leeds’s crosses have been accurate, but almost 100 of the crosses Blackburn have put in have met their intended targets.

One could argue that Leeds do not put too many crosses in, but even that cannot detract from the fact that the former Premier League outfit have played 68 fewer key passes and have taken 97 fewer shots than Blackburn.

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