Leeds Utd V Brentford
Wednesday 21st August 19.45pm | Elland Road
A bumper crown is expected for the visit of big spending Brentford to Elland Road on Wednesday but expect all eyes to be on a certain Swede! What kind of reception will Pontus Jansson receive on his return to Elland Road?
So far this season, the Bees lost at home against Birmingham on the opening day of the season, they then beat Boro at the Riverside and most recently drew at Griffin Park against Hull. Cambridge also dumped Brentford out of the League Cup on penalties. Whilst it is far too early for the Championship table to assemble any real credence, you'd expect Leeds to be the happier.
Bielsa's biggest headache at the moment will be how to satisfy circa 20 players, all good enough for first team action! Will the Argentine rotate the starting XI that dominated the ten men of Wigan? Bielsa revealed that captain Liam Cooper and left-backs Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski are doubtful for the match. Stuart Dallas may deputise on the left with Jamie Shackleton coming in at right back. What changes if any would you make?
Leeds have lost only one of their past 13 home league matches against Brentford (W6 D6 L1), a 0-1 reverse in February 2015. Brentford have lost only two of their past 12 league games against Leeds (W5 D5 L2), both 0-1 away defeats in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
This early on, is this a must win game, or would you settle for a draw?
Casilla, Alioski, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Forshaw, Hernandez, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Berardi, Shackleton, McCalmont, Bogusz, Costa, Nketiah
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I wont be able to follow this game due to prior commitments but I think this will be a draw. Which wouldn't be the end of the world.
'I am quite clear in my mind that one has to feel sincere love for those he leads, and if he doesn't feel it naturally, then he must learn how to feel it' Marcelo Bielsa
'Would he kill his granny to win a match?' Bobby Collins
I agree with you in not expecting any changes to the first team, although I think Costa will start to get frustrated if he doesnt get a few starts soon.
We need to get back to winning ways at home, seems like its been a while, and you've gotta win your home games if you're gonna be challenging for top spot.
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Too early for a must win game.
Never settle for a point at home, always expect and want 3 points, regardless of the opposition.
Agree, Pablo will need resting over the season but no need yet
Was thinking the same Swanny. Lot of pent up emotion for PJ first game back at ER, will be trying hard to prove people wrong, potential to overstep the mark...
Don't care for the PJ link anymore. Yeh give him a cheer before and at the end of the game when all's done an dusted, during it boo and jeer him all ya want. Loved him in a Leeds shirt, but its no-more unfortunately. Ben White looks an even better younger talent.
Would like to see Costa and Eddie start, but big believe in never changing a winning side, unless required to.
Brentford have a lot of pace out wide and Douglas has none.
Shacks has a lot and with the pace Brentford have for counters thats going to be very handy.