Leeds United know that anything but a win against Bristol City on Saturday is likely to see them drop out of the Championship’s automatic promotion spots for the first time since October.
Marcelo Bielsa has seen his side win just two of their last 11 league fixtures and while they remain second at the moment, they are level on points with third-placed Fulham and just three points ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City, who travel to Elland Road this weekend.
Lee Johnson’s side will arrive in West Yorkshire off the back of an impressive 3-2 victory against Derby County on Wednesday night.
The Robins took a three-goal lead within an hour of action, with two of their goals coming from corner kicks – which is enough to send shivers down the spines of most Leeds supporters.
Leeds have conceded a high proportion of their goals from set-pieces this season.
According to stats by the Bristol Post, the Whites have conceded 37.93 per cent of 29 goals from either corners or free-kicks – the second-highest in the division after leaders West Brom.
It does not help that Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is in awful form at the minute with the Spaniard making a catalogue of errors in recent matches that have led to goals being conceded.
He is not the most commanding of goalkeepers when dealing with aerial balls from set-pieces and that is a large reason as to why Leeds have conceded a high proportion of goals from corners and free-kicks.
Ahead of their match against Bristol City, that does not bode well.
Filip Benkovic and Famara Diedhiou both scored against Derby earlier this week from corner kicks.
According to stats by WhoScored, the Robins rank sixth in the Championship for the number of goals scored from set-pieces this season , so this is something that could certainly be exposed by Johnson this weekend.
Bielsa is not going to make any personnel changes in his team selection but there is a good chance that defending set-pieces is something that has happened more often in training sessions at Thorp Arch this week.
However, while this is Leeds’ huge weakness ahead of Bristol City’s trip to Elland Road, the Whites still have advantages of their own.
Bristol City have conceded five goals from counter-attacks in the Championship this season and no team has conceded more of that type of goal [WhoScored].
As for Leeds, no club has scored more goals from counter-attacks than them this term [five].
Can we expect a match dominated by counter-attacks and set-pieces on Saturday afternoon? If that’s the case then we are in for a real goal-fest.
Let’s just hope that come the 90th minute, Leeds are the ones who end up with the most goals.
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