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Leeds v Fulham - Squad Performance

last updated Tuesday 22nd April 2003, 1:45 PM
Fulham in 15th place of the Premiership will be facing 17th placed Leeds at Elland Road this evening. Both teams have won the same number of games but Fulham have drawn three more than Leeds.

The stats show that United's strikers are more successful than The Cottagers netting 48 goals so far in comparison to 37. Number of shots, average shots per game, shots on goal ratio, etc are all virtually apart from the difference in the conversion rates. Leeds manage 13 goals per 100 shots against Fulham's 10 per hundred. Unfortunately for the Yorkshire men goals at the other end of the pitch have exceeded those that they have scored.

Fulham show up better than Leeds in the midfield, passing and tackling more often and more successfully. In relation to crossing, Fulham are more active but Leeds' better completion rate means that the two clubs end up creating the same number of accurate passes per match.

Perhaps due to the off field problems that have beset Leeds this season their home record is the stuff of relegation, 5 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats. Only West Brom and Sunderland have won less points at home. In their last 6 games United have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2.

Fulham's away form is also relegation standard with their only away win of the season happening at Sunderland back in September last year. Only Sunderland have a worse away record than Fulham, albeit virtue of playing two more away games. Fulham have drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 6 away games.

Leeds have become well known for their discipline problems, with Alan Smith getting sent off for the 9th time in his career last weekend. Fulham players will need to keep cool.

A similar performance to that which gave them a 2-1 victory over Newcastle would see Fulham returning South with all three points and Premiership safety. However the odds are against The Cottagers with all the Bookies forecasting a win for Leeds United
Elland Road, Leeds -
Premiership 22 Apr 03
Leeds Fulham Div Avg
Games Played 34 34 34
GOALS
Goals 48 37 44
Shots (excluding blocked shots) 364 379 372
% Goals To Shots 13.2% 9.8% 11.8%
Ave Goals Per Game 1.41 1.09 1.29
Ave Shots Per Game 11 11 11
% Shots On Target 44% 44% 43%
Ave Shots on Target Per Game 5 5 5
PASSING
Total Short Passes 8306 9386 8718
Total Long Passes 3916 4147 4062
Total Passes 12222 13533 12780
Ave Passes Per Game 359 398 376
% Overall Passes Completed 71% 71% 72%
Ave passes completed per game 255 283 271
CROSSING
Total Crosses 714 747 792
Ave Crosses Per Game 21 22 23
% Crosses Completed 27% 25% 25%
Ave crosses completed per game 6 6 6
DEFENDING
Goals Conceded 51 47 44
Ave Goals Conceded Per Game 1.50 1.38 1.29
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 1528 1415 1558
Ave Blocks, etc., Per Game 45 42 46
Tackles 962 1059 965
% Tackles Won 72% 75% 72%
Ave tackles won per game 20 23 20
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 528 487 476
Ave Fouls Per Game 16 14 14
Yellow Cards 66 50 52
Fouls per yellow 8.0 9.7 9.2
Red Cards 2 6 3
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