Leeds Utd v Brentford
Sunday 5th December@14:00 | Elland Road
Brentford make the long trip up the M1 for a lunchtime kick off at Elland Road on Sunday. Thomas Frank has had a fantastic start to his top flight Managerial campaign, orchestrating wins against Arsenal, Wolves and West Ham as well as a credible 3-3 draw against Liverpool. Recent defeats against Burnley and Norwich and another 3-3 draw (against bottom of the table Newcastle Utd) place the South West London outfit one point, and four places above Bielsa's team. They'll hope their 1-0 home victory over Everton last weekend will give the Bee's confidence.
Patrick Bamford completed 90 minutes for the U23's during their narrow 3-2 defeat at Manchester City on Monday evening. It remains to be seen whether Bielsa is ready to throw him back into the starting line up. Cody Draham (ankle), Pascal Struijk (ankle) join long term absentee Robin Koch on the treatment table. Luke Ayling could return to action on Sunday after completing 45 mins on Monday as he looks to regain his fitness levels after minor surgery on his knee.
Joe Gelhardt must be wondering when he's going to get hi next opportunity. The 19yo England star was an unused sub against Brighton and Crystal Palace, and with Bamford coming back, his opportunities will be even more limited.
Brentford face a trip to local rivals Spurs on Thursday night, before their outing to Elland Road less than 72 hours later. Let's hope this works in Leeds favour!
Sergi Canos, Rico Henry and Christian Norgaard all returned from knocks suffered in Sunday's 1-0 win at home to Everton by starting Thursday's clash at Spurs but David Raya, Josh DaSilva, Kristoffer Ajer and Mathias Jorgensen all remain out.
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Struijk (if fit) Coop if not
With our performances this season we are unlikely to win any of the next 4 after, even drawing is unlikely without a significant upturn in performance
We don't want to be in the relegation zone by the time we play Villa on the 28th, therefore we really do need to win tomorrow and perform well to give us confidence.
Scraping by with a late pen isn't enough.
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Who knows wirh Brentford... they tanked Arsenal in their opening match
man city 0 2 Crystal palace
leeds 1 0 Crystal palace
west ham 3 2 Chealsea
west ham 1 2 Brentford
Wolves 0 1 liverpool
leeds 1 1 Wolves
Burnley 3 1 Brentford
Brentford 1 2 Norwich
Burnley 1 1 Leeds
Norwich 1 2 Leeds
Brentford 2 0 Arsenal
Leeds 0 2 Arsenal
It is hard to say who will win but i believe Leeds are on an upward arc and Brentford on a downward, but form at the moment does not seem to count for much. Slight glimmer of hope is that Leeds have players returning from injury, and Brentford have a lot of injuries to contend with. Hopefully the fans at ER will carry the day.
A loss would be a disaster in front of the run of games we've got coming up.
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Come on Leeds!
Just over an hour away from Leeds now. A victory would give us a cushion of 8 points from the bottom three, may take us upto 11th position pending on the other results.
Shackleton back on the bench, Jenkins also on the bench
Looks a good line up, I'd expect Paddy for Tyler at around the 60 min mark