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Match Preview: Leeds United

Bees head to Elland Road this weekend

5 October 2018

The Bees come into this game on the back of a pair of draws with Birmingham City and Reading in the Sky Bet Championship. The red and white stripes head north for this weekend's game looking for a first win in five.

The Opposition

Leeds are flying this term. A new boss, a new system and something of a run at the start of the season has them battling it out for top spot even at this early stage. Last season it was a similar story, with Leeds only losing one of their first nine games and drawing just two. 

Following a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on 1 October 2017, they went on a run of five defeats in six. That included a 3-1 loss to Brentford on 4 November; Neal Maupay, Ryan Woods and Yoann Barbet scoring at Griffin Park. A mixed season saw them end in 13th place, down on their 16/17 finish of 7th - a place below the play-offs. The two years previous saw 13th and 15th finishes, showing fans that at least progress is being made.

This summer's big additions were Barry Douglas [Wolves] and Patrick Bamford [Middlesbrough] for a combined fee of £10 million. A trio of players was also brought in from Chelsea on loan; Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown on the field. In goal, Jamal Blackman also arrived from The Blues but has yet to oust 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell from between the sticks in Yorkshire.

Heading out the door, youngster Eunan O'Kane was sent on a six-month loan to Luton Town in Sky Bet League One. Ronaldo Vieira was sold to Sampdoria in Italy, while his brother Romario was released by the Club.

Team News

Ollie Watkins and Saïd Benrahma missed out on Brentford's 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Griffin Park, but both are available for selection this weekend. Rico Henry and Emiliano Marcondes are both still injured and will miss out on the encounter.

Leeds will be without summer singing Barry Douglas at left-back, still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury he picked up on Tuesday night. Patrick Bamford is a long-term absentee while Izzy Brown continues to find full fitness after joining on loan. 

Kemar Roofe hasn't featured since the last international break for United, alongside Gaetano Berardi who has a knee problem. Influential man in the middle Pablo Hernandez has been struggling for fitness with a hamstring problem, and the medical staff also confirmed his return date was beyond the Brentford fixture.

The Manager

Marcelo Bielsa, 63, is an Argentinian manager who played the game as a defender for the likes of Newell's Old Boys and Instituto in the late 1970s. Retiring early at the age of 25, he decided to dedicate his career to coaching. In 1990 he was given his first role as manager at his old club for two years. 

In 1998, he had a brief spell as Espanyol manager before leaving to take on the job of Argentina's national coach. He had a six-year tenure of his native side, qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also won the country a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games - their first in 52 years.

From there he went on to manage Chile in 2004, taking them to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and acheiving a Last-16 finish. They lost 3-0 to Brazil in front of 54,000 fans at Ellis Park Stadium. Spells at Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lazio and LOSC Lille followed before he was appointed Leeds boss in June this year.

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 11

Draws: 12

Leeds wins: 13

Pre-match Features

Dean Smith looks forward to an entertaining clash between two attacking teams on Saturday

Hot off the Press: The Yorkshire Evening Post's Phil Hay on what to expect from Leeds

Travel Guide: It's an early start tomorrow; plan your day at Elland Road with our Matchday guide

Last Victory

The last time we beat Leeds was our home fixture last season, see the best of the action below:

Ticket Info

Tickets will be on sale tomorrow, cash only, from the away ticket window located adjacent to the away turnstiles (Entrance 1 & 2). Collections and duplicates will also be available from 1.30pm at the away ticket window

Adult £42

Senior 60+ £30

16 to 22 £30

Junior Under 16 £16

Junior Under 11 £8

Match Coverage

Mark Burridge will be hosting Matchday Live from Elland Road's famous gantry from around noon. He'll be providing live commentary and reaction alongside Mick Cabble and Ciaran Brett on iFollow Brentford. 

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 1

Bees pegged back at Elland Road

6 October 2018

Brentford were denied a win at Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds United by a late goal from central defender Pontus Jansson. The Bees looked set for a first away win of their league season as they led with two minutes remaining thanks to a Neal Maupay penalty. But Jansson headed home from a free kick in the 88th minute to ensure the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw.

And while many may see it as a point gained, given Leeds started the day on top of the table, Brentford could have had more. The Bees had the better of the first half in terms of chances and on the balance of play and had opportunities to seal the win after Maupay had put them in front. But they left the door ajar and Jansson headed home at the death to give his side a point.

The teams matched each other up almost exactly for most of the contest. Both had one deep midfield player and tried to have a high starting position generally. The centre of the pitch was often left vacant as both teams pressed up the field, looking to win possession in opposition territory and prevent the other playing out. The early stages were competitive but not combative with high energy but few tackles and it was Brentford that probably had the better of it.

The Bees had a slightly more patient style than their hosts. Leeds looked to go forward slightly quicker and play through striker Tyler Roberts while Brentford’s midfield trio were on the ball more, particularly Romaine Sawyers. The Bees had the best chance of the first quarter when a pass from Sawyers allowed Sergi Canós a run at the defence, he slipped it wide to Maupay and the low shot flew just wide of the far post via the fingertips of Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Chris Mepham saw a shot blocked for The Bees before Canós cut in off the left and let fly with an effort that was saved low down by Peacock-Farrell. Maupay also fired narrowly wide from 25 yards after finding space in the centre of the field. The visitors came within a whisker of taking the lead just before the half hour when Maupay found space and freed Ollie Watkins, he cut in to the box and let fly with a shot that deflected, looped over Peacock-Farrell and hit the crossbar. Maupay misjudged the ball as it dropped, failed to connect with an attempt to head in and then saw his shot saved by Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds were being forced in to mistakes in possession and the noise from the home crowd was turning from backing to grumbling. But they did have chances in the early stages with Mateusz Klich firing wide from distance after good work from Tyler Roberts. Roberts himself then got on to a Samuel Sáiz pass, turned well and forced Luke Daniels in to a low save with a shot. Luke Ayling tried to burst in to the box later in the half but he was halted by Watkins and the shot was blocked.

There were two chances for Sáiz at the end of the half for the home side. Firstly he failed to make a good connection with a cut back from the left. Moments later – after a spell of football-turned-basketball, where the possession exchanged between the teams in a small area at alarming speed – Sáiz got onto another ball from Ezgjan Alioski and fired wide at the near post. But a goal for the home side then would have been against the run of play. Brentford had momentum later in the half and probably should have had the lead.

Maupay fired in to the arms of Peacock-Farrell from an angle when a ball across goal, where Canós and Nico Yennaris were waiting, may have been the better option. Canós then had a low shot blocked before a superb pass from Sawyers released Henrik Dalsgaard in the right channel, he got in to the box and fired it low but Jansson cleared from underneath his crossbar. It wasn’t the first piece of last-gasp defending from the Leeds defender, nor the last, and kept the scores level.

But even from the resulting corner, the last action of the first half, there was a chance for The Bees. The initial delivery was cleared, Sawyers knocked it back, Dalsgaard headed on and Peacock-Farrell had to be alert to save at the feet of Mepham. Brentford also started the second half brightly with Watkins whipping a free kick just over the bar after Canós had been felled on the edge of the penalty area. Canós then had a shot blocked after cutting inside when a more direct run might have led to a better chance.

Despite Brentford’s promising second half opening, which included some nice spells of possession in dangerous areas, Leeds almost took the lead ten minutes after the break. A deep corner was headed down by Jansson and Kalvin Phillips spun inside the six-yard box and looked set to score but Daniels got a hand to it to push it on to the post and then dived on the loose ball. And that save proved to be even more vital when Brentford went ahead a few minutes later.

Brentford won the ball back in Leeds territory and Sawyers found Maupay, the next pass presented Watkins with a one-on-one and he knocked the ball past Peacock-Farrell before being taken out by the Leeds goalkeeper. Referee Jeremy Simpson waited to see if a goal had been scored and when he saw that it hadn’t, a penalty was awarded. Maupay took the responsibility and rolled the spot kick to the right of Peacock-Farrell as he dived left.

Brentford had the lead but the temperature was rising. Maupay was showered in missiles thrown by the home fans and Mr Simpson was attracting their ire. He had given Brentford a lot of free kicks and booked four Leeds players in the first hour. While the odd one may have been soft most were a result of Brentford just being slightly quicker and Leeds players being over enthusiastic and making infringements.

It did mean, however, that the home side got more decisions in the later stages and when Mepham picked up a debatable booking, Alioski delivered a free kick from the right, Liam Cooper beat Daniels to the high ball and watched as his header bounced just wide. That was a sign that Leeds would mount a strong response to going behind. They pushed forward and crated openings. Roberts turned a Jack Harrison cross wide and substitute Lewis Baker curled a free kick in to the side netting with his first kick of the ball.

Leeds were on the front foot but there were still errors for Brentford to exploit. When The Bees turned the ball over they were able to break and with Yennaris buzzing all over the pitch and Kamohelo Mokotjo imperious, there were lots of opportunities for Brentford to break. Peacock-Farrell saved from Watkins and a golden chance went begging soon after. Sawyers set Maupay away and he led a three-on-two break, the pass wide was a little under hit and when Watkins checked back, Jansson was able to make a block. The ball was recycled and Yoann Barbet weaved in to the box, but he was also stopped in his tracks.

Adam Forshaw had a shot blocked for Leeds and Daniels made a vital touch to divert a fierce cross from Jack Clarke away from Roberts, but the home side got their goal with two minutes of normal time remaining. Saïd Benrahma gave away a free kick on the left, Alioski delivered it and Jansson got away from the defenders to rise highest and head in. It all looked a little easy for the home side and particularly disappointing for The Bees, who had been pegged back.

That left a few moments for either team to win it and Leeds had the wind in their sails. Baker arrived late and looked as if he had headed home when he met another superb Alioski cross, but the effort bounced just wide. There was still time for Ayling to hack down Alan Judge and get a second yellow card, having earlier been booked for dissent, and that gave The Bees one more chance. The free kick was half cleared, Sawyers knocked it back but Dalsgaard misdirected his header straight in to the arms of Peacock-Farrell, which meant The Bees had to settle for a point.

Leeds United: Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Dallas (sub Clarke 70 mins); Phillips; Harrison, Klich (sub Forshaw 63 mins), Sáiz (sub Baker, Alioski; Roberts

Subs (not used): Blackman, Pearce, Shackleton, Baker, Edmondson

Bookings: Roberts (45 mins), Jansson (47 mins), Peacock-Farrell (61 mins)

Sent Off: Ayling (90 mins) (second bookable offence)

Brentford: Daniels; Dalsgaard, Mepham, Konsa, Odubajo (sub Barbet 76 mins); Mokotjo; Canós (sub Benrahma 76 mins), Sawyers, Yennaris, Watkins (sub Judge 85 mins); Maupay

Subs (not used): Bentley, Jeanvier, Macleod, McEachran

Bookings: Mepham (66 mins) (second of season), Odubajo (71 mins)

Attendance: 31,880

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets still available

Tickets for this afternoon’s game will be available at Elland Road (cash only)

6 October 2018

The Bees are at Elland Road today for our next away Sky Bet Championship fixture. The game will be broadcast live but let's make sure that Dean Smith's team get the support they deserve when they face Marco Bielsa's side.

Book your tickets from the away ticket window located adjacent to the away turnstiles (Entrance 1 & 2) at Elland Road. Head to the same location for ticket collections and duplicates.

MATCHDAY PRICES

  Adults
(23-59)
Seniors (60+) 
& Disabled*
Young Persons 
(16-22)
Juniors
(11-15)
Juniors
(U11)
John Charles West Stand Upper £42 £30 £30 £16 £8

If the Disabled supporter is under 16 years, we will charge the relevant age-related junior price.

MATCHDAY INFO

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. 

CUSTOMER CHARTER

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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