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Leeds vs Blackburn will certainly be an interesting affair this weekend, and there is one key battle that could decide where the points go.
Indeed, Bradley Dack has proven himself to be one of the more dangerous attacking midfielders in the Championship after contributing to 22 goals last season, while Kalvin Phillips has been dubbed as the best player in the Championship this week by Darren Bent.
A clash between these two should push both men to their limits, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see who comes out on top.
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On face value, this should be one of the most compelling clashes between two individual players in the Championship.
Dack’s creative ability as well as his goalscoring instincts are enough to land any side in trouble, but Phillips is a tough foe for any opponent at this level.
Interestingly, a look at the stats shows that this could be a rather one-sided affair, but there’s one area that Phillips needs to improve in this weekend.
He makes more interceptions than the Blackburn man does key passes, he tackles his marker more often than the 25-year-old usually loses the ball, and he makes enough clearances so that he can capitalise on any unsuccessful touches the attacking midfielder.
However, with Dack managing to register 2.2 shots per game and Phillips only achieving 0.2 blocks per game, it’s an area of his game he could be significantly overwhelmed in.
The Blackburn talisman is deadly in front of goal, netting five times already this term, and if he gets a sight of the net he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
While Phillips may be able to stifle Dack’s creativity and dribbling, but if he doesn’t manage to block his shots the Rovers’ number 10 could still find himself on the scoresheet this weekend.