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Match Preview: Leeds United

All the news, views, and info ahead of tomorrow's trip to Elland Road

23 February 2018

Leeds United vs Brentford

Saturday 24 February

Elland Road, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

Winless in 2018, it now looks a tall order for Leeds United to end their 14-year exile from English football's top flight. Five defeats in seven to begin 2018 saw Danish manager Thomas Christiansen depart Elland Road earlier this month with former Barnsley Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom the man to replace him. 

A pair of 2-2 draws against Bristol City and Derby County have given Heckingbottom his first points as Leeds boss but The Whites go into tomorrow's game in 11th, eight points off the top six. United have conceded ten goals in their last three league outings at Elland Road and have won just six times in front of their own fans all season.

Team News 

Paul Heckingbottom is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Pablo Hernandez after he limped off late on during Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Derby County. Heckingbottom has rated the Spaniard as doubtful while Luke Ayling, Tyler Roberts, and Conor Shaughnessy will all definitely miss out. However, he has been boosted with the return from suspension in recent weeks of Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi, and Samuel Saiz. 

For The Bees, Sergi Canos is available after serving his three-game suspension. Nico Yennaris is a major doubt due to illness but other than him, and Rico Henry, Dean Smith has a fully-fit squad to choose from. 

The Manager

Paul Heckingbottom took over at Elland Road earlier this month just four days after signing a new contract at previous club Barnsley. While with the Tykes, the 40-year-old established himself as one of the brightest young managers in England, gaining promotion via the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs as well as winning the EFL Trophy in 2016. That was Heckingbottom's third promotion from the third tier via the Play-Offs.

His first two came as a player with Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and then a year later with Barnsley, the first of those at the expenses of Martin Allen's Bees. Those promotions were the high points in a 15 year playing career which also took in spells with Sunderland, Hartlepool United, Darlington, Norwich City, Bradford City, Mansfield Town and Gateshead.

Pre-Match Briefing

Dean Smith on contract extensions, recent form, and tomorrow's trip to Leeds United

Opposition View: Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post previews tomorrow's match

We Meet Again: Re-live our 3-1 victory over The Whites at Griffin Park in November

Ref Watch: Oliver Langford will take charge of tomorrow's meeting at Elland Road

Away Day Guide: How to get there, where to park, and what to do

Ticket News

Advanced sales for tomorrow's game end at 2pm this afternoon. There will be Pay on the Day from Elland Road on matchday, from the away ticket window located adjacent to the away turnstiles (entrance 1 & 2). This is also the same location for any collections or duplicates.

Please note, ticket prices increase by £5 on match day, with the exception of junior tickets. Click here to get your tickets in advance

Betting Preview

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tomorrow's game. Check out their wide range of markets here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Simon Ratcliffe and Ciaran Brett.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Match Reports

Leeds United 1 Brentford 0

A single goal gives Leeds the points

24 February 2018

Your Leeds United v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Brentford were unable to pick up a third win in seven days as they were beaten by Leeds United. Liam Cooper scored the only goal at a freezing Elland Road to settle a game of few chances in the favour of the home side. The goal came against the run of play but the home side defended it well and over the course of the game they may feel they did enough to win.

Brentford were made to pay for being unable to turn possession and a territorial advantage in to goals. They had control of most of the first half hour but Leeds were compact and limited Brentford to few really good chances. Those that were created came and went and Brentford had to add a loss to wins earlier in the week against Sunderland and Birmingham City.

Leeds started the game brightly and the very early exchanges were played in Brentford territory. It was an all-energy opening from the hosts and they put lots of balls in to the box for Brentford to defend. They worked a shooting chance for Eunan O’Kane from a short corner but Daniel Bentley got down well to save and The Bees soon took control.

Leeds looked to get their players high up the pitch. They wanted to make it difficult for The Bees to play through the centre of the pitch and it took a while for Brentford’s midfield trio – Ryan Woods, Romaine Sawyers and Kamohelo Mokotjo – to get in to the game and move the ball. Once they did, however, Brentford took the upper hand in terms of possession and territory. Woods started to pick his passes and The Bees used their attacking weapons to create chances.

A snap-shot from Ollie Watkins deflected wide before he combined with Sawyers and Neal Maupay to set up a chance for Mokotjo to blaze off target. John Egan looked as if he had opened the scoring when he met a half cleared free kick with a rising left foot volley from 20 yards but Felix Wiedwald got up high to his right to push the shot over the bar. There was a chance for Florian Jozefzoon soon after when Sawyers put him in behind on the right but the ball wouldn’t come down, Vurnon Anita got back to apply pressure and the lob went over the bar.

An Andreas Bjelland header was easy for Wiedwald and a Watkins shot deflected wide before Henrik Dalsgaard missed the target with a header. Leeds were struggling to get any possession of the ball and their nervousness was summed up when Pierre-Michel Lasogga went for goal first time from 45 yards and missed the target comfortably on a rare occasion he found some space with the ball. When Leeds went ahead just past the half hour, it was very much against the run of play.

The goal came from a free kick won on the left side. Ezgjan Alioski delivered it and Cooper got in front of his man, perhaps by taking up an offside position, to divert the kick with his head in to the far corner. Bentley was at full stretch but could do nothing to stop the excellently placed header that put Leeds in front.

The hosts looked to build on that and there was a tricky period for The Bees as Leeds surged forward. Samuel Sáiz worked his way in the box after getting the better of Yoann Barbet but his shot was blocked and Bentley saved at the feet of Lasogga as he tried to finish it off. Lasogga had another shot blocked and an effort from Alioski deflected wide.

After weathering that storm, Brentford started to regain control. They were unable to use Jozefzoon as much as they had done but still dominated possession and territory at the end of the half. They were, however, unable to find a goal before the break. Dalsgaard shot well wide after a break from deep and a Bjelland effort was saved by Wiedwald as Leeds took their advantage in to the interval.

And that was a lead they looked content to hold on to. The home side sat in with two banks of four in the second period and invited Brentford to break them down. The Bees had control of the game but were largely playing in unthreatening areas and did not create much to worry the home side. There was a chance for Watkins after a short corner and an exchange with Sawyers but he curled over from 18 yards.

Watkins was replaced by Sergi Canós immediately after that and Alan Judge and Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen soon followed as Brentford chased the game. There was an acrobatic effort from Barbet that was saved by Wiedwald but little else as Leeds kept The Bees as arms’ length. And the hosts could have increased their lead when Lasogga got on to an Alioski pass, he weaved away from Egan and then Bentley but took his time to shoot and Woods was well-placed to clear off the line.

Bentley saved a low Kalvin Phillips shot before substitute Caleb Ekuban got away on the left and delivered a cross that Alioski couldn’t convert. The hosts recycled the ball repeatedly as they looked to use their attacking numbers but could not create the chance and Brentford survived. The Bees were, however, not able to do much more than that. They were unable to put much together in terms of attacking moves as they chased the game, looking for individuals to try and conjure something up.

That almost happened when first Canós and then Jozefzoon surged forward, the ball dropped loose but Maupay’s shot flew wide. Judge tested Wiedwald with a curling free kick from 20 yards but the goalkeeper kept it out and Canós blasted the loose ball wide. The closing stages were played predominately in Leeds territory but The Bees could not find the goal and ended the week with a defeat.

Leeds United: Wiedwald; Berardi, Cooper, Jansson, Anita; O’Kane, Phillips; Dallas (sub Sacko 83 mins), Sáiz (sub Vieira 90 mins), Alioski; Lasogga (sub Ekuban 74 mins)

Subs (not used): Peacock-Farrell, Pennington, Cibicki, Denton

Bookings: Anita (22 mins), Alioski (23 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland, Barbet; Woods; Jozefzoon, Sawyers (sub Judge 69 mins), Mokotjo (sub Emiliano 69 mins), Watkins (sub Canós 59 mins); Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, McEachran, Clarke, Mepham

Bookings: Sawyers (45 mins) (sixth of season), Woods (53 mins) (seventh of season), Egan (73 mins) (fourth of season), Barbet (80 mins) (sixth of season)

Attendance: 28,428

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets available at Elland Road

Leeds tickets available from the away ticket window near the away turnstiles

24 February 2018

Dean Smith’s side go looking for a third straight league win this week as we head to Elland Road this afternoon. Tickets are still available today but with a £5 increase on all advance ticket prices (except Juniors).

After today’s trip, we are back at Griffin Park next week as we welcome Cardiff City to TW8. Tickets are available to previous purchasers so secure yours online now.

Tickets available: 1,487


Seniors (60+) Young Persons 
John Charles West Stand Upper £44 £31 £31 £18 £9

Wheelchair/Ambulant pricing are as below with free assistant/helper. ID required for all concession tickets. 

Seniors (60+) Young Persons 
Wheelchair/Ambulant  £31 £31 £31 £18 £9


There is limited disabled tickets available in the lower tier so this operates on a first come first served bases. Please ask our Ticket Office for assistance. 

Disabled parking recommended in car park B, Blue Badge Holders do not have to pay parking fee. Parking is also based on a first come first served basis.

ID required for all concession tickets ( birth certificate or passport ) any fans who have the wrong age ticket will be refused entry or ejected with no refund. 


More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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