Leeds United v Derby County: How the statistics stack up

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LEEDS United must create more chances - and cut out the obvious glaring errors - to stand any chance of coping with the likes of leaders Derby County throughout the remainder of the Championship campaign.

Sixteenth-placed United are already 15 points behind tomorrow’s visitors Derby who have lost three games this season compared to United’s eight.

The Rams have also scored 35 goals compared to United’s 21 and conceded just 17 goals stood against Leeds’ 26.

A quick glance at the Championship table and those stats are obvious.

But digging a little deeper it is the difference in the number of actual chances the two sides have created this season where the difference is like chalk and cheese.

From the same 18 Championship games and 1620 minutes of football, Derby have created 198 goalscoring opportunities this season compared to United’s 148 - a difference of three a game.

Derby also have a better shot accuracy with 46 per cent of their efforts on target compared to United’s 42 per cent but it is unquestionably in chances created where the major difference lies, and also in terms of forward passes - which obviously more often than not will lead to such goalscoring chances being created.

Derby have made 5350 forward passes this term compared to United’s 4813 - and the Rams have also had 252 shots on goal - overpowering United’s 193.

As expected for the leaders, Derby come out best for every comparable team stat with Steve McClaren’s side having enjoyed 55 per cent of possession in their games compared to Leeds’ 50.

The Rams’ average pass accuracy stands at 82 per cent compared to United’s 79 per cent while Derby have won 49 per cent of duels compared to Leeds’ 47.

Aside from shot accuracy, Leeds do not appear to far behind, adding credence to the widespread suggestion that Neil Redfearn’s side have not had the rub of the green.

But then there’s also the glaring stat of errors leading to goals.

If United are not creating enough chances and not scoring enough goals, they can ill afford to be shipping easy let-ins at the other end.

Just one clear-cut defensive error from Derby has led to a goal during the current league campaign whereas Leeds are guilty of four.

We all know where the latest one came from and United can ill afford a repeat against Derby.

Victor Orta.

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