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Match Preview: Leeds United vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to Elland Road

21 August 2019

We head to Elland Road this evening looking for back-to-back away wins to kick-off the campaign. Below you will find all the info ahead of our Sky Bet Championship encounter with The Whites.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have lost only two of our past 12 league games against Leeds (W5 D5 L2), both 0-1 away defeats in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
  • Should he feature, Pontus Jansson will return to Elland Road as an opposing player for the first time; indeed, the Sweden international netted in this fixture last season, equalising late on to secure a 1-1 draw for Leeds.
  • Leeds United, who are winless in their last four home matches in all competitions (P4 W0 D2 L2), last went five games without victory at Elland Road between March and October 2015 - a 12-game run which spanned three different managers (Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans).
  • We have won our last two away games in the Championship 1-0; we have not won three on the bounce on the road since April 2016 under Dean Smith.
  • Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, who scored both goals in his side's 2-0 win at Wigan last time out, has now netted 10 goals in 18 league starts for the Whites, including six in his last eight.

THE OPPOSITION

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Marcelo Bielsa's second season at Elland Road would have to go some to match the drama of his first. Spygate, run-ins with Derby County, an almost flawless first-half of the season followed by a Spring collapse, all before eventual Play-Off defeat, added up to a whirlwind 12 months for United. Through it all the Argentinian, and his trusty blue bucket, became folk heros to the Leeds faithful. 

Having come so close last season, this year's Bookies favourites have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the campaign, taking seven points from their opening three Sky Bet Championship matches. A 3-1 opening day win at Bristol City was followed up by a 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest before Saturday's 2-0 success on the road at Wigan Athletic. In the midst of those league outings progress was also made in the Carabao Cup; United overcoming Salford City 3-0 in the First Round.

Patrick Bamford currently sits joint-top of the Championship scoring charts with three, having netted both against Wigan on Saturday. 

Against a backdrop of cost-cutting, Pontus Jansson, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jack Clarke, who was subsequently loaned back by Tottenham Hotspur, Malik Wilks, Samu Saiz, Hadi Sacko, and Tom Pearce all departed over the summer as, in total, 18 players left the club. United made only one permanent signing, Carlisle United's Liam McCarron, but did bring Ben White, Jack Harrison, Eddie Nketiah, and Helder Costa in on loan.  

THE MANAGER

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Marcelo Bielsa retired at the age of 25 after a playing career with the likes of Newell's Old Boys and Instituto in the late 1970s. He worked with the youth set-up at Newell's for most of the 1980s before taking the main job in 1990. Bielsa spent two years in charge at his former club before, following spells in Mexico and back in Argentina, he moved to Europe in 1998. 

He had a brief spell as Espanyol manager before leaving to take on the job of Argentina's national coach, leading them to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Gold at the 2004 Olympics. From there he went on to manage Chile, taking them to the Last 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Spells at Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio, and LOSC Lille followed before he was appointed Leeds boss 14 months ago.

TEAM NEWS

Kamohelo Mokotjo and Mads Bech Sorensen are definite absentees for tonight's visit to Leeds. Said Benrahma and Christian Norgaard made their first appearances of the season during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hull City, a game which Ethan Pinnock missed, giving Thomas extra options to work. 

Leeds captain Liam Cooper and left-back Barry Douglas are both doubts. If Douglas does miss out then Stuart Dallas is likely to switch from right to left-back, with Jamie Shackleton to play right-back.

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

🆚 The Athletic's Phil Hay looks ahead to tonight's game

⚖ Ref Watch: Andy Davies takes charge at Elland Road

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Ticket sales have closed for tonight's game and there will be No Pay on the Day. 

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.35pm with Chris Wickham and Dave Morley bringing live commentary of our Elland Road trip. Supporters in the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch tonight's game live on iFollow.

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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

Match Report: Leeds United 1 Brentford 0

Our write-up from Elland Road, powered by Utilita

21 August 2019

Eddie Nketiah’s late goal consigned Brentford to a narrow defeat at Leeds United.

Despite a battling performance from Thomas Frank’s Bees – who defended impressively for long spells – United’s second-half substitutes Hélder Costa and Nketiah combined on 81 minutes to deliver the decisive blow.

Frank made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Hull City last time out; Ethan Pinnock, an enforced withdrawal during the second half against Middlesbrough earlier this month, was deemed fit enough to return to the Bees’ backline. Alongside the former Barnsley man was fellow summer signing Pontus Jansson, who was making his first return to Elland Road following his switch to Griffin Park in July. The Sweden international netted in this exact fixture last season, equalising late on to secure a 1-1 draw for Leeds.

It was Brentford who started the brighter under the Elland Road floodlights. On ten minutes, Ollie Watkins’ deft touch freed Sergi Canós to run at goal but the Spaniard’s effort from the edge of the area was too tame to trouble Kiko Casilla.

Following a tightly contested opening, midfield endeavour led to goalmouth action midway through the first half. With 23 minutes on the clock, Mathias Jensen fed Brian Mbeumo on the break. The Frenchman drifted in from the right, shifted on to his left and smashed a 25-yarder back off the inside of the post with Casilla beaten.

The hosts responded with a flurry of chances of their own. Mateusz Klich’s left-footed effort from the centre of the area was comfortably saved by David Raya on 24 minutes. Patrick Bamford then got in on the act, first nodding Ezgjan Alioski’s floated cross just over the crossbar. The former Middlesbrough man went close again two minutes later, rising well to connect with another Alioski cross but only finding the side-netting with Raya in no man’s land.

Despite Leeds enjoying the lion’s share of possession, The Bees had shown some promise on the counter-attack during a delicately poised first period.

The pattern of play continued unabated after the break; Brentford content to soak up Leeds’ jabs while looking to utilise the pace of Watkins and Mbeumo on the break to deliver the knockout blow. Marshalled by Messrs Pinnock, Jansson and Jeanvier, The Bees were standing firm despite a barrage of balls into the box from wide areas.

Following claims for a Leeds penalty after the ball struck Jeanvier in the box, a quick Bees counter-attack was concluded by Watkins flashing an effort across the face of goal and narrowly wide of the post.

Brought on in place of Pablo Hernández on 77 minutes, Arsenal loanee Nketiah made his presence felt four minutes after taking to the pitch. The fresh legs of fellow second-half substitute Costa proved too much for Pinnock as the winger advanced into the area and rolled across the six-yard box for Nketiah to apply the simplest of finishes.

Saïd Benrahma could have snatched a point for Brentford deep into stoppage time but, having been found deep in Leeds territory with a long throw, ballooned his effort over the crossbar and into the fans behind the goal.

 

Leeds United: Casilla; Dallas (Berardi 78), White, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Hernández (Nketiah 77), Forshaw, Klich, Harrison (Costa 65); Bamford

Subs not used: Meslier, McCammon, Bogusz, Shackleton

Bookings: Alioski 35, Dallas 63

 

Brentford: Raya; Jeanvier, Jansson, Pinnock (Marcondes 89); Dalsgaard, Nørgaard, Jensen, Henry; Mbeumo (Dasilva 67), Canós (Benrahma 78), Watkins

Subs not used: Daniels, Thompson, Forss, Racic

Bookings: Nørgaard 39

 

Attendance: 35,004 (408 away)

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Ticket News

Last chance to follow us to Elland Road

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available until 2pm

20 August 2019

We head to Elland Road tomorrow looking to follow up our Middlesbrough win with another victory on the road. Thomas Frank expects a tough game so your support could make a difference. Tickets are available until 2pm and won’t be available at Elland Road so hurry book yours now.

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ON SALE DATE

  • Season Ticket Holders: Tuesday 6 August at 4pm (two per person)
  • Club Members: Thursday 8 August at 4pm (two per person) 
  • General Sale: Monday 12 August, 4pm (four per person)

Ticket sales end at 2pm on Tuesday 20 August (subject to availability).

Full Ticket Allocation: 1,006 

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

ADVANCED PRICES

  Adults
(23-64)
Seniors (65+) 
& Disabled*
Young Persons 
(19-22)
Juniors
(16-18)
Juniors
(11-15)
Juniors
(U11)
John Charles West Stand Upper £37 £25 £25 £19 £16 £8

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

All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at tickets.brentfordfc.com
  • No booking fees apply when buying in person from the Ticket Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket), plus a £1 postage fee when booking over the phone

HOW TO BUY TICKETS 

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7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • In person from the Ticket Office, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • Disabled fans by phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 2pm. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

 

Travel Club 
Members

Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members

General
Sale

Prices £34 £37 £42

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com

MATCHDAY INFO

There are limited disabled tickets available in the lower tier so this operates on first-come-first-served bases. In order to be accompanied by a personal assistant at no extra cost, a disabled supporter must be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance at the medium or higher rate or the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Please contact our Ticket Office for assistance. 

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

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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