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Leeds’ opposition playing into their hands by trying to win set-pieces

Leeds United haven’t shown many weaknesses this season.

The Whites may not be in the best run of form at the moment, but they’re still top of the Championship with the joint-best defensive record in the division, despite conceding four goals against Birmingham on Sunday.

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Of course, playing against a team with such a strong defence leads to the opposition trying to figure out different ways of getting the ball in the net, and a number of sides this season have attempted to use set-pieces as their route towards goal.

Birmingham were the latest team to attempt this method, and while they scored four goals on Sunday, just one came from a corner, and that was down to a Kiko Casilla mistake more than anything else.

To be fair, you can’t blame teams for thinking that corners would be lucrative against Leeds. The Whites’ backline is unusually small with Ben White, Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper all standing below 6 ft 1, and there isn’t much height throughout the squad beyond that either.

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However, the stats show that Leeds have only conceded eight set-piece goals this term which has them pretty much slap bang in the middle of that particular league table.

While that may be seen as a weakness for a team with such a solid defensive record, the fact of the matter is that conceding corners can actually be a positive for the Yorkshire club.

So many times this term we’ve seen the Whites regain possession from a dead-ball and break quickly to create a goalscoring chance. On Sunday, Leeds’ opening goal came from that exact scenario, and they were unlucky to not get another after Stuart Dallas broke and presented the ball to Eddie Nketiah following a Blues corner.

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Leeds have recently scored from breaks from set-pieces against Cardiff and Birmingham, and while not all of them have been from corners Leeds have scored plenty of other counter-attack goals this season.

Teams looking for corners against Leeds seems to be playing right into Marcelo Bielsa’s hands as his side are so effective on the break.

In other news, Phil Hay has named three positions that Leeds are looking to strengthen in January.

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