Leeds as bad as Blackpool in key area, but make the most of it

Blackpool fans

Leeds United face bottom side Blackpool this weekend in the Championship.

Blackpool's woeful campaign began before a ball was kicked, struggling to find enough players to even fulfil their pre-season friendlies.

Their relegation from the Championship could be rubber-stamped with defeat to Leeds United this weekend in front of their home fans at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders will obviously be aiming to delay the inevitable, and may feel they have half a chance against Leeds despite the terrific form of Neil Redfearn's side.

This is because the two teams have over the course of the season so far managed exactly the same number of shots on target, the joint second lowest in the Championship ahead of only Millwall.

The statistic is perhaps a little worrying for Leeds, but they have made more of it, scoring 13 more goals than Blackpool.

Both sides are well short in terms of attempts of Bournemouth, who have tested opposition goalkeepers more than any other.

  Shots on TargetGoalsPoints
Bournemouth 221 79 70
Blackpool 130 29 22
Leeds 130 42 51

What should Leeds take from this?

While concerning to have fired in such a low number of shots on target, Leeds should be pleased their conversion rate is far superior.

Part of the problem is the fact Steve Morison has played as a lone striker for a large stretch of the season, is yet to score, and has only six efforts on target.

Neil Redfearn has made his side difficult to beat, unable to play expansive attacking football due to a lack of wingers, and this is an effect of it.

If the shots on target count remains equal after this weekend, then Leeds may have passed up a good opportunity to notch another away win.

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