MOT View: Stats show Preston clash will be very tough for Leeds
Leeds have been better on the road this season. Or, to perhaps tell a fairer story, opposition teams set themselves up differently when they come to Elland Road.
Leeds have struggled for goals full stop, but no more so than at Elland Road where the team is still yet to score more than one across six Championship games. It’s a dismal record that actually goes back as far as March if you ignore the play-offs.
From 16 goals, Leeds have scored 11 on their travels. but only four teams have a better defence than Preston.
And Preston have scored more than anyone else in the league with 23 goals. So, tonight’s clash at Deepdale pits the league’s best defence against the best attack.
Midfielder Daniel Johnson has been the main threat for Preston so far this season, with seven goals and five assists in 11 games.
Actual stats don’t tell the whole story. Leeds have an xG (expected goals) of 24.36 while Preston’s is 17.64. Johnson has an xG of 4.95 for the season which shows he’s running way ahead of expectation but that he’s still a major threat. [Stats: WyScout]
Marcelo Bielsa is playing the same team tonight with Patrick Bamford looking for his first goal since August.
Preston will know what they’re in for after Leeds did the double over them last season, scoring five goals and not conceding one.
Three points would be massive but given the opposition’s form, a point wouldn’t be the worst result in the world.