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Leeds United face Cardiff City this weekend in what is likely to be a very interesting clash between two chalk and cheese sides.
Leeds’ fluid and possession-based game comes up against Neil Harris’ no-nonsense brute force Cardiff outfit, and there is one key battle that could decide where the points end up.
If Cardiff are to get anything about Leeds they’ll need to be watertight at the back while also being clinical up top.
United will get chances, but it’s up to Cardiff’s backline to make sure they don’t put them away, while at the other end the Bluebirds have to make any sight of goal count.
It may be fair to say that the Welsh side’s hopes lie on one man’s shoulders this weekend, and it’ll be interesting to see how Aden Flint fares against Patrick Bamford, not just at the back, but in terms of matching him as a goal threat at the other end of the pitch.
Unfortunately, he’s not the best finisher in the division as he usually needs around ten shots to find the net, and with him averaging 3.3 efforts per game, Flint’s 1.1 blocks per outing should be enough to keep him at bay due to how inaccurate he is.
Leeds can’t look to go long at all this weekend as the stats show that Flint will absolutely dominate the aerial battle.
However, it’s not just at the back where Flint and Bamford will battle.
Despite being a centre-back, Flint’s height and tendency to get forward sees him become a viable attacking threat, and he could embarrass Bamford this weekend if he flexes his effectiveness in the opposition half.