Given the set-piece vulnerabilities of Leeds United, Sky Sports pundit Lewis Jones has predicted that ‘goals should be on the menu’ with Manchester City racing to a comfortable victory on Saturday.
Set pieces have been Leeds’ Achilles’ heel this campaign, and given the quality Manchester City possess among their ranks, it’s likely that they will threaten to score from dead-ball situations.
The Whites have conceded a league-high 15 goals from set pieces this term – four more than Sheffield United – who have conceded the second highest.
In his column for Sky Sports, Lewis Jones predicted a comfortable 4-1 victory for Manchester City.
Referring to Leeds’ set-piece woes, he wrote, “Marcelo Bielsa’s boys have faced 192 shots from a combination of set pieces and corners this season – the third highest in the Premier League.
“City are the top scorers in the Premier League with 66 goals and have found the net 47 times in their last 18 matches whilst Leeds have seen 95 goals scored in their fixtures this season – a Premier League high.
“Goals should be on the menu in a home win.”
4-1 seems a tad steep
While it is no secret the champions-elect are in red-hot form and start as overwhelming favourites, it is harsh to say we would be on the back end of a thumping.
City may have scored the most goals this season, but we tend to do better against teams that press as high as we do.
We tend to navigate our way out of tight spaces quite efficiently and should be optimistic about giving a decent fight to the Manchester outfit.
Defending set pieces is certainly an aspect of the game we have to improve on if we are to secure a top-half finish.
Pep Guardiola will be aware of this weakness in our game and it will be down to Bielsa and his coaching staff to get the boys in tune for the Saturday lunchtime cracker.
On the plus side, we have all our defenders fit and ready for selection – giving the Argentine his preferred defensive pairing – something that hasn’t happened a lot this season.
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