Championship Gameweek Nine: Second Half Showing Key For Leeds?5 min read
Leeds are widely tipped to continue their 100 there is nothing to be overly worried about just yet.
Leeds happier away?
Strange as it might sound, Leeds United may be glad to play this match away from home.
At Elland Road, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have accrued just five points from a possible 12 this term, yet they have taken maximum points on the road.
The disparity in return is perplexing, because if we examine their home and away performances, they are largely identical in terms of the level of control Leeds exert on their games.
However, as much as playing in front of 30k home fans can be a massive advantage in certain situations, it has arguably been a hindrance towards the end of their home games this season – Leeds have conceded a combined three goals in the last 15 minutes of home league matches this term.
It could be that, as games in which they dominate wear on without many or any chances being converted, fans can get slightly edgy and sometimes that transmits to the players – they start thinking in terms of desperately holding on, rather than calmly carrying out the game plan.
When they go away from home, Leeds do not seem to have that problem and in fact, they got both their goals in the last 15 minutes of their most recent road trip, a 2-0 win at Barnsley.
Leeds have just 1 win in our last 8 at Elland Road ?.
Leeds have also conceded all four of our league goals this season after the 75th minute of matches, no Championship side has leaked more.
Frustrating beyond belief. #LUFC
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) September 21, 2019
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Charlton have only conceded one first half home goal so far this season – and that was a speculative effort from outside the box from Stoke’s Tom Ince on week two.
Generally, the Londoners have been very well-organised in the opening 45 minutes of their games at the Valley; Leeds, meanwhile, have scored just four of their 13 league goals this season before the intervals.
We can expect that in the first half, Charlton might be able to keep out the visitors with Chris Solly and Jason Pearce possibly coming back into the defence; a tight diamond midfield will shut out space for all Leeds players besides perhaps attacking full-backs Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski.
In the second half, we can expect Darren Pratley and others to tire slightly and the team could struggle to maintain the correct gaps between units, which would be where potentially the fresh legs of Eddie Nketiah would stretch things and Pablo Hernandez can get into pockets to create.
Leeds had to be patient in their previous road trip and we could see a similar theme here.
Tip: Half-time/Full-time: Draw/Leeds