Middlesbrough v Leeds statistical preview: Redfearn's men better in one key area

Riverside Stadium Statue

A loot at how Middlesbrough statistically compare to Saturday's visitors Leeds over the last six games.

Middlesbrough v Leeds H2H

Leeds United travel up to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough on Saturday in search of another win after racking up four victories in the last five games.

Last weekend's 1-0 win over Millwall has catapulted Leeds up into 13th place ahead of the Boro clash, whilst Middlesbrough are undefeated in the last nine, winning six of those.

It's a battle between two of the form teams in the Championship, but here, we take a deeper look at the stats surrounding their strong results in the last six games.

Starting with goals scored over the last six games, Middlesbrough lead the way with 11, giving them almost two per game - and Leeds must be wary of their striking talent.

Aitor Karanka has the likes of Kike, Jelle Vossen and Patrick Bamford as his disposal, and whoever he chooses to play in attack, he has the players to score against Leeds.

Leeds' scoring total would be vastly improved if Steve Morison could end his goal drought. Despite becoming the first choice striker under Neil Redfearn, Morison remains without a goal this season.

Middlesbrough dominate in all of the key areas illustrated above; they have more shots on goal, more shots on target, more passes and more accurate passes - all stats suggesting that Middlesbrough will look to take charge of the game on Saturday, especially considering that they are at home.

However, Leeds do fare better in one important area. In the last six games, Leeds have kept three clean sheets compared to Boro's two, and have conceded conceded fewer goals per game too.

That's largely down to the impact of January signing Sol Bamba, who has helped solidify the Leeds defence since arriving from Palermo.

In order for Leeds to take anything back to Yorkshire, they will need to rely on that defensive record and try to keep Boro's dangerous forwards quiet - whilst making the most of the chances they get at the other end.

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