The stats that hint at how Bolton will play against Leeds

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Bolton may look to take advantage of a main Leeds United weakness this weekend.

Just five points separate Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United in the Championship table, as Neil Redfearn’s side take on Neil Lennon’s team looking to rectify their poor form away from home.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttGoals ConcededAccurate PassWon TackleAerial WonAppearances
Bolton 26 307 31 7,076 297 563 24
Leeds 25 275 36 7,805 387 400 24

There’s nothing between the team in terms of the number of goals they have scored this season but the main difference has been that Bolton have scored slightly fewer goals, which has allowed them to secure more points.

Where Neil Redfearn can be happy if he’s reviewing the stats, is where Leeds are showing a better conversion rate than their opponents.

The boss was critical of his side’s finishing in the FA Cup defeat against Sunderland, but they have the edge over Bolton in terms of being more precise.

The stats show that Leeds like to pass the ball around more and are a lot more aggressive over how they go about winning it back.

Redfearn should be confident that if his team can get a foothold in the game, press and win the ball back high up the pitch, they should be able to pile the pressure onto Bolton.

What Leeds can’t allow to happen is for an aerial battle to start developing. Bolton are head and shoulders ahead of Leeds in terms of aerial duels won this season, which hints at how they may look to attack Leeds.

This will be a tight game between a side looking to control possession in Leeds against a team that could try and exploit their weakness in the air.

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