Stats: Where do Reading hold a big advantage over Leeds United?

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Reading and Leeds United are evenly matched in key statistical areas ahead of their Championship clash this evening.

Leeds United head to Reading looking to react to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford last weekend while the home side will be looking to cash in after a 2-1 win away at Wolves.

There are only five points between the teams in the Championship table, but how do they compare in terms of specific statistical areas?

  GoalsGoals ConcededPassing AccuracyWon TackleAccurate CrossAppearances
Reading 35 43 73% 414 174 29
Leeds 30 40 75% 455 102 29

In terms of goals for and against, Reading have a more effective attack this season, but Leeds would seemingly have a better chance of keeping a clean sheet.

That suggests if Leeds can defend well and work hard to keep a clean sheet, they’ll ease the pressure on the attack slightly, who may only need to convert once half chance for the team to take something from the game.

There’s not too much difference in terms of the passing accuracy and tackling stats between the sides, which means whichever side can dominate in those areas has the best possible chance of controlling the game.

The dramatic difference comes out wide. Reading play with more width, which they’ll be looking to use to their advantage, which stresses the importance of the Leeds full-backs defending well and not leaving the centre backs exposed going forward.

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