Match: Leeds United v Brentford
Date: 6 October 2018
Time: 12.30 PM BST, 7:30 AM EDT, 8.30 AM ART
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
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All Time Record: Leeds United v Brentford: 13W 12D 11L
Previous Results: 4 November 2017 Brentford 3-1 Leeds; 24 February 2018 Leeds 1-0 Brentford.
Leeds will face off against Brentford at Elland Road in the early match-up in the Championship this Saturday. Brentford have been one of the more successful sides in the league this season and sit in sixth place in the table, although they haven’t won in four games. They will be looking to get back on the good foot while Leeds will be looking to stay on top of the league, as Leeds are on top on goal difference alone, level on points with Middlesbrough and Sheffield United.
Bielsa: "It's a difficulty not to have all players available but we have the solution of Dallas and before Douglas arrived, he played an important role as a left-back. We also have Tom Pearce and without minimising the importance of Douglas we are always prepared." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 4, 2018
obviously Dallas is an option too but Bielsa said last night that Dallas is better suited to the right hand side and felt Leeds lost their balance in the last 10 mins.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 3, 2018
As usual, Marcelo Bielsa is not coy about the fitness of his players. Douglas is out until after the international break, and so either Stuart Dallas or Tom Pearce will get a chance to get a start at the left back spot in Douglas’ absence.
With Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi, and Patrick Bamford all still out of the picture, along with Conor Shaughnessy, Leeds will be dipping a little heavier into the bench this match, but Leeds have been fine so far while waiting for the others to come back, but against a team like Brentford, will Leeds finally be made to pay?
Tyler Roberts will start up top, along with Samu Saiz at the enganche, with Gjanni Alioski, who needs a break once Pablo Hernandez comes back, and Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison on the other wing. Matuesz Klich will start as a central midfielder, and Kalvin Phillips will play as the defensive midfielder who can flex back to central defence if needed, alongside Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper. Luke Ayling will play as the right back.
Here’s hoping no one else gets injured and Leeds leave with at least a point against a good Brentford team. Last season’s visit to Elland Road for Brentford was one of the high points of the Paul Heckingbottom tenure at Leeds, just as the loss at Brentford was one of the lowest points for Thomas Christiansen. Hopefully this match isn’t as remarkable as either of those and a good result can come before the international break.