Leeds face QPR in around two hours with the bitter taste of twin defeats souring the occasion. After recovering from the Brighton debacle with three successive wins, the Whites came down to Earth with a 4-1 caning at home at the hands of Huddersfield Town and a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham away.
Rotherham was another occasion where Leeds gifted their opponents a win thanks to yet another defensive blunder where Giuseppe Bellusci tried an overhead clearance in his own area, leading to keeper Marco Silvestri dragging down Lee Frecklington and earning a red card. Grant Ward easily converted the ensuing penalty, past a stranded Bellusci who had donned the keeper’s jersey.
Thoughts now turn to QPR on a day that sits heavy in the hearts of Leeds fans, April 5 being the anniversary of the deaths of Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight – two fans stabbed whilst in Turkey to watch the Whites play Galatasary.
Visitors QPR, managed by ex-Leeds terrace favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, currently sit 11th in the table, having lost their last match at home in a 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough. However over the last six games, QPR’s ‘short form’ sees them placed sixth with three wins and a draw to sit alongside two losses – giving them 10 points from a possible 18. Meanwhile, Leeds find themselves in 11th in the six-game ‘short form’ table with three wins balanced out by three losses – giving the Whites nine points from a possible 18.
Leeds currently have the worst home attack in the Championship, averaging a paltry 0.84 goals per game over the 19 games they have played in the Championship at the Elland Road. Their defensive record at home isn’t as bad over the full season, with the 1.24 goals conceded per game at home seeing them as the 15th-placed home defensive team in the division. Defensively, Leeds have been more than a bit ropey at times with fans saying that Leeds’ biggest weakness is not being able to adequately defend set pieces. Leeds have conceded in their last three home games: one each against Fulham (1-1 draw) and Bolton (2-1 win) and those four in the Huddersfield Town game.
Queens Park Rangers
QPR currently have the 18th ranked away attack in the Championship, averaging 0.84 goals per game over the 19 games they have played in the Championship away from Loftus Road. Their defensive record on their travels isn’t impressive over the full season, with the 1.21 goals conceded per game away from home seeing them as the 11th best away defensive team in the division. However, it must be noted that QPR have conceded goals in their last four away games: one each in draws against Bolton, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston and two in a 2-0 to the MK Dons.
Goals and scorers
Leeds United have nine-goal Mirco Antenucci (four at Elland Road) and eight-goal Chris Wood (three at Elland Road) leading their front-line, the tall New Zealander is one full game back from an injury though. At home, Leeds have scored seven goals (43.8%) in the first-half and nine goals (56.2%) in the second-half. The majority of goals scored in the first half (four) are scored in the last 15 minutes of the half, Leeds having not scored a goal at home in the opening 15 minutes of a game all season. In the second half there is more of an equal distribution with two scored between 46-60 minutes, four between 61-75 minutes and three between 76-90 minutes.
Visitors QPR have nine-goal Dutchman Tjaronn Chery as their leading scorers – but he has only scored once on his travels away from Loftus Road. Scotland winger Matt Phillips is more of an away goals threat with five of his seven goals coming away from Loftus Road. They have opened the scoring in 10 (53%) of their away games this season with six goals (37.5%) coming in the first half and 10 (62.5%) coming in the second half. The majority of first-half goals (four) are scored in the opening 30 minutes of a game, with most second-half goals (5) being scored in the opening 15 minutes of the half.