After a dazzling start to the season, Leeds’ form took something of a nosedive during October and November, with just 3 wins and 6 defeats from their 9 Championship outings.
The signs are that December could be a more fruitful, however, with Thomas Christiansen’s men having claimed victory in their Yorkshire derby against Barnsley and a strong point against resurgent Aston Villa in recent weeks. Their record of finding the back of the net in consecutive matches also now stretches to 9, suggesting that in the attacking department at least they’re beginning to hit form once more.
Their opponents this weekend are QPR, and they find their hosts in the midst of a tricky spell themselves. Their record of 5 matches without a win represents one of the longest to be found in the ‘Form Streaks’ tab of KickOff’s new Acca Smacker (below), while manager Ian Holloway caused consternation amongst the Loftus Road faithful by venting his frustration towards them during a recent post-match television interview.
Reason for optimism amongst Leeds fans, then, and the positive mood is only amplified when looking at the ‘Form Stats’ tab of the Acca Smacker. Using 18 key data points, 9 attacking and 9 defensive, from the past 10 games for each side, KickOff compares the two sides and, in this case, gives Leeds a resounding 12-6 victory. Such stats can be used to turn average punters into professional bettors, and can definitely be taken as a strong indication of Leeds’ ability to claim a third positive result on the spin tomorrow afternoon.
While the KickOff algorithm favours QPR as likely winners ever so slightly (42% against 31%), it’s clear which side has the momentum heading into this fixture. The smart money is on Leeds claiming a point at the very least, and with odds as high as 17/10 available on the away win there’s definitely money to be taken from the bookies.