Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Urquhart has predicted that both Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford and Fulham man Aleksandar Mitrovic will have scored in the recently postponed clash.
The Cottagers were set to travel to Elland Road last Wednesday, but the game was suspended due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
It was the game that many had put aside that could have pushed Leeds closer to promotion, with the Whites currently holding a seven-point gap to their rivals.
Urquhart admitted that he predicted that it would end in a score-draw in West Yorkshire, a result that would certainly have benefitted Leeds at this moment.
“I felt like it was definitely going to be goals for both teams,” he said on the YEP Leeds United podcast.
“The way that both teams attack and the quality of players that both teams have. I think you only have to look at the striker for Fulham [Aleksandar Mitrovic] and you see goals in the bucketloads.
“I think Mitrovic would have probably got on the scoresheet, hopefully, Bamford would have as well – obviously his goal against Huddersfield will have given him a bit of confidence.
“I would have liked to have seen a Leeds win, but I would have probably have gone with a score draw.”
You could see the relief in Bamford’s face once he eventually found the back of the net against Huddersfield, although Mitrovic has been in a different league this season.
Comparing the duo via WhoScored, there is a clear difference in styles between the attacking pair. Mitrovic has 3.9 shots on goal per game and also completes more key passes and dribbles in the Championship than Bamford does for the Whites.
Bamford is better at holding the ball up, and also takes fewer bad touches compared to the Serbian – proving that he would fit Bielsa’s system better than Mitrovic.
Everyone will have had their separate predictions for the crunch clash, but this one of Bamford and Mitrovic finding the back of the net was definitely possible.
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