Preview: Leeds United v Brentford

Leeds United will face Brentford on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League (2pm), which will be the first meeting between the two teams in English football’s first division since 1947.

Both teams have strong records looking at different stats ahead of this game. The Whites have lost only once to Brentford in their last 14 home league games, with seven wins and six draws.



The Bees have reason to be confident, however, as they are undefeated in their last six away games against Yorkshire sides, taking four wins and two draws.

Thomas Frank’s side have adapted well to life in the Premier League this season and currently sit 12th in the table. Out of their 14 matches, they have won four, drawn four and lost six, meaning they fully deserve their current position in the middle of the table, despite only winning one in their last five games.

The Whites enter the game with just one loss in their last five games, which was a narrow loss away from Spurs. The back-to-back clean sheets against Brighton and Crystal Palace have been well received, with Leeds now looking to secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season after the stoppage winner on Tuesday night.

Raphinha calmly scored the last-minute penalty against Palace and in so doing scored his sixth league goal of the campaign. The Brazilian has been in top form throughout and tops his team’s scorers’ standings.

Marcelo Bielsa could welcome Patrick Bamford again this weekend after missing most of the season. The forward scored 17 goals last season and will add more competition in the attacking zones if he is involved. Luke Ayling, another long-term absentee who has been missed, will also be looking to return.

If United can secure back-to-back home wins, they could reach 11th place in the table and overtake Sunday’s opponents. Three points for Brentford could see them enter the top 10, with current Leicester occupants firmly in their sights.

The match has not been selected for a live broadcast but live commentary is available as always on LUTV, with up-to-date blog coverage on leedsunited.com


Manager / Head Coach:

Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa

Brentford: Thomas Frank


What did Marcelo Bielsa say before the match?

“So far Brentford have proven to be a different side in the Premier League. The most important thing is the amount of elements they attack with and the handling they have of the ball in all areas of the pitch. seeing Brentford play this season can see he’s attacking with six players and still wants to keep the ball in. This is not common in any league.


Position in the league

Leeds: 16th

Brentford: 12th


Premier League form

Leeds: WDLDW

Brentford: LLDWL


Best striker

Leeds: Raphinha (6)

Brentford: Toney, Forss, Wissa (5)


Face-to-face

Leeds: 14

Prints: 14

Brentford: 12


A memorable moment against Brentford …


Team news

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling will “probably” be available for the game after a long absence due to injury, with Pascal Struijk also receiving the good news that he could be involved, despite a slight blow.

For Brentford, they are still missing a number of players. Kristoffer Ajer, David Raya, Tariqe Fosu, Josh Dasilva, Julian Jeanvier and Mathias Jorgensen are still expected to be out of the squad on Sunday.


Officials

Referee – David Coote

Assistant Referee 1 – Nick Hopton

Assistant Referee 2 – James Mainwaring

Fourth official – Michael Salisbury

Video Assistant Referee – Darren Cann


The key battle

Diego Llorente vs. Pontus Jansson

A familiar face will return Sunday to Elland Road, the heart of the Bees’ defense. Pontus Jansson will look to lead his team to a white goal against Whites, while on the other end Diego Llorente will look to do the same, for a third straight outing. Take a look at some key stats between the two this season.


Latest odds

Lyon: 11/10

Draw: 5/2

Brentford: 3/1


How to watch

The match has not been selected for a live broadcast but live commentary is available as always on LUTV, with up-to-date blog coverage on leedsunited.com


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Edward L. Robinett