Leeds United v Watford head-to-head: Closer than you may think

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Leeds United and Watford are close in a number of areas based on their stats from this season.

Leeds United take on Watford in the Championship this weekend looking to react to defeat at Brighton earlier this week.

Leeds have been in good form but they are taking on one of the most attacking teams in the division, who have the players needed to cash in if Neil Redfearn’s team show any signs of being off the pace this weekend.

The stats across several key areas so far this season suggest the teams are closer than some fans may think.

  GoalsGoals ConcededWon TacklesSuccessful Final Third PassesPassing AccuracyAccurate CrossesAppearances
Watford 66 40 437 2,734 77% 140 33
Leeds 34 42 532 2,503 75% 122 33

The obvious difference is that Watford have scored more goals, nearly twice as many to be precise.

Their attacking players have been lethal and the Leeds defence has to be at the top of their game for the side to keep a clean sheet.

In terms of goals conceded there is no real difference, which should give Leeds confidence that if they can defend effectively, they have enough to get over the line.

There’s no real difference in terms of the passing accuracy of each side and the number of successful passes, which have been pinged around in the final third.

Where Leeds are clearly ahead is in terms of successful tackles in the final third.

It shows a clear urgency from the side to win back possession quickly when they lose the ball in any area of the pitch.

Watford will be confident because of the talent in their attack, but if Leeds defend properly, they have a great chance of stealing the three points.

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