Leeds United face off against Fulham on Saturday in a mouth watering Championship tie and the game will throw up a superb player battle between Patrick Bamford and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently sit second in the Championship league table after defeat to Cardiff City last weekend but they remain on course for an automatic promotion to the Premier League, sitting level on points with league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Fulham, who will arrive at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon, sit seven points behind Leeds and Scott Parker will undoubtedly be looking to grab an important three points that could push them closer to the top-two places.
Heading into the game, focus will very much be on two of the Championship’s top strikers in Bamford and Mitrovic, and we have taken a closer look into the 2019/2020 campaigns for each striker.
26-year-old striker Bamford has been the preferred option in Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season and has contributed with an impressive 13 goals in the league thus far.
That amount of goals is not a bad return from the former Middlesbrough man in the grand scale of things, but it could have been a lot more had he not suffered a mid-season goal drought.
The drought came during February when Bamford failed to net a single league goal, and his strike against Huddersfield just before the pandemic means he has managed to net just once in his last nine games.
Looking deeper in to the former Chelsea youngster’s form this term, a goal participation of 28% is something that Bielsa will be hoping he can improve on moving forward, as is the fact that he has missed 27 big chances this term – a league high.
Whilst he has done well to net 13, there is no doubting that Bamford could have done better.
TT Grade: C
Former Newcastle United striker Mitrovic has found himself once again the talisman for Fulham this term and his goal return of 23 goals in 35 games makes him one of the most prolific strikers in English football.
The Serbian statistics are quite similar to that of his Saturday opponent in the fact that he has had 3.9 shots per game, but the fact is, that the 25-year-old has simply been more clinical.
Of Fulham’s goals this term, Mitrovic is response for almost half of them (46%) and that is exactly the sort of impression any striker’s wishes to make on a side.
With Fulham creeping up behind Leeds, a big performance from their top scorer on Saturday could change the landscape of the promotion race.
TT Grade: A
For the majority, you would not argue that Mitrovic is the one striker who would prefer in your team but if Leeds beat Fulham to an automatic promotion place, Bamford will have bragging rights.
Looking deeper in to the duo’s statistics, it is hard to see how Leeds boss Bielsa continues to stick with Bamford but he must have his reasons. On balance and everything considered, Mitrovic is the better, more ruthless striker.
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