Leeds United victory v Manchester City on the cards as stats emerge in The Times
Leeds United look to have perhaps the toughest return to club football after the World Cup with Manchester City waiting post-Christmas.
But there are new statistics provided by The Times that could suggest Jesse Marsch and his squadron may be able to soring another Premier League upset at Elland Road.
A ‘fatigue score’ has been calculated for each player at every club going to the World Cup based on their expected minutes in Qatar and how much they’ve played at club level so far this season.
City are the worst affected in the Premier League with 16 players heading to the World Cup and many thought to be likely for a deep run in the tournament.
Their total fatigue score is 758 as a result which is nearly 100 more than any other Premier League side while only Bayern Munich have more attendees for the tournament with 17.
Leeds United, meanwhile, only have a score of 117 from Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson (both USA) and Rasmus Kristensen (Denmark) which could be the benefactor Marsch needs to pull off a shock.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Whites have been accumulator-busters this season though having already stunned Chelsea in a blitzing 3-0 win at Elland Road on 21 August.
They have also managed it on the road to when Crysencio Summerville sent the Anfield away end into raptures with an 89th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory on 29 October.
Marsch will be hoping to World Cup hangover is real for the Citizens and they can pounce to secure a memorable three points.
The one potential problem will of course be goal machine Erling Haaland who, like many of the Leeds squad, is currently enjoying a long period of rest having already netted 18 Premier League goals this season.