Brentford v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Phillips returns for Alioski
10 Feb 2020 09:03 pm, by Ellandback1
Brentford v Leeds Utd
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 7.45pm | Live from Griffin Park
Leeds travel to West London on Tuesday evening in search of their first first win in England's Capital for over two years including losses against Charlton, Millwall, Fulham and QPR this term. To make matters worse Leeds have not won at Brentford since 1950!
Bielsa welcomes back Kalvin Phillips following his three match ban he picked up at QPR. The veteran Argentine Manager is under pressure to give new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin a starting slot following his second half debut against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. If Augustin were to start, would it be in place of Bamford or could we see two play up front for first time this season? Tyler Roberts once again joins Adam Forshaw on the treatment table.
Brentford captain Pontus Jansson has recovered from a hip injury and looks certain to start against his former club. Bees manager Thomas Frank was in fighting mood on Monday ahead of the game saying; "They couldn't pick a worse place to play on Tuesday night, they couldn't - I am 100% sure of that." Despite Frank's words the two teams will head into the game separated by just two points in the table. Leeds are currently 2nd on 55 points, with the Bees currently lying 5th with 53 points. If the Leeds players needed any more encouragement Frank's comments should act as a team talk in themselves.
Brentford are unbeaten in their past nine home league matches against Leeds United (W6 D3) since losing 2-1 in August 1950. Should Leeds win at Brentford, it would be 69 years and 169 days since their last away league win there, their second biggest gap between away league wins against an opponent, with their longest standing at 74 years between wins at Millwall in 1931 and 2005. Brentford are looking to win three consecutive league games for the first time since October - they've won their last two by an aggregate score of 8-3.
Leeds Starting XI
Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Hernandez, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Alioski, Berardi, Stevens, Shackleton, Augustin