Leeds United v Brentford preview: A stern test for United


    Head coach Marcelo Bielsa reiterated that Leeds United must prove that they can stay top of league after Tuesday’s victory at Hull City.

    A first win in three games saw Leeds return to the summit of the Championship and all focus is now on Saturday’s visit of Brentford.

    Bielsa confirmed in his press conference earlier today, that left back Barry Douglas will miss the game on Saturday after picking up a muscle injury at the KCOM.

    After winning plaudits from Hull City boss Nigel Adkins, Leeds will be looking to put together another winning run. 

    On Bielsa, former Brentford man Stuart Dallas said: “He’s got everyone reading off the same sheet. Everybody believes and he has confidence in every player.”

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    Opposition Fact File

    Brentford travel north looking for their first away league win of the season. Despite this, the Bees will provide a stern test for Leeds, as an opposition they have only won two of the last ten games against.

    Boss, Dean Smith, who has been heavily linked with the vacant Aston Villa post this week, has acknowledged that Leeds do pose a tough threat but his side will go there without any fear. 

    Manager – Dean Smith

    Top Scorer – Neal Maupay – 9 goals

    Last 5 Away (League) – L – D – L – L – D

    Last time we met at Elland Road…

    Sat 24 Feb ’18 Leeds United 1 (Cooper ’31) – Brentford 0

    Liam Cooper’s first half goal saw then manager Paul Heckingbottom pick up his first win. The game although uneventful as a whole produced one of the most remarkable excuses of the season. Let’s hope the groundsmen have been on form this week…

    Leeds United provided a hilarious response after Brentford manager claimed the Elland Road grass was too long for his side…