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Match Preview: Brentford vs Leeds United

All the info ahead of tonight's clash at Griffin Park

11 February 2020

After Saturday's dramatic victory over Middlesbrough, we welcome Leeds United to Griffin Park this evening. A victory over The Whites would see us leapfrog tonight's opponents in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race. Below you will find all the info ahead of our Tuesday under the lights.

MATCH FACTS

  • We are unbeaten in our past nine home league matches against Leeds United (W6 D3) since losing 2-1 in August 1950.
  • Leeds have not scored more than once in any of their previous 13 league matches against us, netting just eight goals (W3 D5 L5).
  • Should Leeds win, it would be 69 years and 169 days since their last away league win at Griffin Park, 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.
  • We are looking to win three consecutive league games for the first time since October - we've won our last two by an aggregate score of 8-3.
  • Leeds have lost their past six away league matches in London, including four away defeats this season alone at Charlton, Millwall, Fulham and QPR.

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Leeds United's 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship campaign appears, for the moment at least, to have turned on 28 minutes in mid-December. 

Seven minutes into the second-half of their home game against Cardiff City on 14 December they held a 3-0 lead and looked set to be going back top of the Sky Bet Championship table, 12 points clear of third. However, a Lee Tomlin-inspired Cardiff side struck three times in those closing minutes to deny Leeds an eighth straight league win. 

Before that Cardiff comeback, The Whites had conceded just ten goals in 21 Championship matches, since then, they have conceded 19 in their last 19 halves of football, picking up just nine points along the way. Their two wins during that spell have been by the odd goal in nine at Birmingham City and the odd goal in five at home to Millwall.  

Despite their poor recent run, Marcelo Bielsa's side do still go into tonight's game in second-place and have the second-best defensive record in the division. 

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 at 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 in June 2018 on a two-year deal.

TEAM NEWS

A decision will be made on Pontus Jansson's fitness ahead of tonight's game with Sergi Canos, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Marcus Forss, and Nikos Karelis all definitely out. 

Marcelo Bielsa told the press that influential midfielder Kalvin Phillips will start tonight after returning from suspension. Jean-Kevin Augustin could make his first start after making his debut off the bench last time out but Tyler Roberts will be absent with a calf injury. 

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Jonathan Buchan previews tonight's opponents

⚖ Robert Jones to take charge at Griffin Park

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Tonight's game is SOLD OUT. Our Ticket Exchange is open, reselling returned tickets. Season Ticket Holders who can’t make the game can return their tickets here. 

Buy your tickets here

Find out more information in our Ticket Exchange how-to-guide here.

Please note: tickets are only available at adult rates and Adult Membership discount will not be applied.

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live tonight with Mark Burridge, Mick Cabble, and Stu Wakeford as we look for a third straight league win. 

Click below to find out more about how you can follow the game wherever you are!

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Leeds United 1

Your Brentford v Leeds United match report, powered by Utilita

11 February 2020

Brentford and Leeds United shared the points in a high-intensity game at Griffin Park. A game with few clear-cut chances was defined by two goalkeeping mistakes. A calamitous error from Kiko Casilla presented Saïd Benrahma with Brentford’s goal but David Raya missed a punch in a crowd of players from a corner later in the half and Liam Cooper equalised for Leeds. And that’s how it finished.

Overall, The Bees will probably feel they deserved a share of the spoils. Leeds had more of the ball and more shots but didn’t create many good opportunities as Brentford defended very well. And with The Bees unable to make the most of their counter-attacking opportunities, the game finished all square.

The game started at a ferocious pace. There were chances at both ends in the early stages as the teams pushed forward when they could and hustled when out of possession. The game was stretched as both sides were happy to get high up the pitch when they didn’t have the ball. That left gaps to play in but with both sides well-drilled, those spaces were hard to exploit.

The best chance of the first quarter of the contest went the way of the visitors and was due to their high position without the ball. Henrik Dalsgaard was robbed by Jack Harrison and was suddenly in on goal. He weaved past Julian Jeanvier and chose to shoot rather than pass to Patrick Bamford. Fortunately for Brentford, the shot was weak and Raya saved comfortably.

Luke Ayling also had a header saved for Leeds in the early stages while Casilla saved from Josh Dasilva at the other end after space had been created in midfield. Ollie Watkins was also just unable to get on the end of a Mathias Jensen free kick in those opening moments with Bryan Mbeumo also lurking. Leeds probably had the better of that opening 20 minutes, with Kalvin Phillips influential in the centre of midfield, but it was Brentford who went ahead.

The goal came 25 minutes in and was a moment to forget for Casilla. Cooper played a firm back pass from the left but nothing that should have unduly worried the Leeds goalkeeper. But he failed to control, slipped and presented the ball to Benrahma, who tapped in to put The Bees in front. It was a goal out of nothing but did come at a time when Brentford were starting to take control. They had gone close just before when Watkins, after a move involving a collection of Brentford players, set up Christian Nørgaard for a shot that beat Casilla but faded away just past the post.

The Bees also went close just after the goal when Nørgaard got away from a throw in and fed the ball across, Watkins dummied and Benrahma shot but Ayling deflected it over the bar. Leeds did, however, respond well to going behind. They came close to an equaliser when Pablo Hernãndez let fly after a cross dropped to him on the edge of the penalty area, but Raya was alert and tipped it over.

And seven minutes before the break, they were level. It was another goal that owed more to the defence than the attack as a corner came in from the right and Raya failed to make a good connection on his punch. The ball dropped in to the centre of the penalty area and Cooper was in the right place to poke it home. Leeds had worked their way back in to the game and had restored parity at a vital stage in the game.

They could have gone in ahead at the break when Hélder Costa got on the end of a cross from the left and met it with a powerful diving header. But it flew past the far post and ensured the game was level at the interval. It had been a frantic beginning and end to the half and there were signs of tiredness from many players as they left the pitch at the break, the exertions taking their toll.

The visitors probably had slightly the better of the first half, with Phillips the key player in the contest, and they dominated the ball at the start of the second period as well. The game was, however, fairly even just after the interval with chances at both ends. The Bees were a little more direct than their visitors, looking to play in behind and get the ball in to the final third while Leeds were patient in defence, which meant they had more of the ball but not all the chances.

Raya saved an Ayling effort from the edge of the penalty area and Bamford then headed over when well-placed. Jensen had a shot deflect wide at the other end and went close again soon after. A corner was cleared and Dasilva lifted it back in, Jensen arrived at the far post and headed the bouncing ball over Casilla, but a defender was well placed to clear. The ball came back again and Casilla saved at the feet of Watkins, albeit having to scramble a bit to do so.

Ayling had another shot blocked for Leeds and was involved in a move down the right that should have seen them take the lead. Mateusz Klich broke away in to space but was unable to pick out Harrison with a pass as Dalsgaard made a vital interception. The ball dropped to Costa, but he failed to trouble Raya with a weak shot. Dalsgaard blocked another Harrison shot after Dasilva was robbed by the brilliant Phillips in midfield.

Phillips had a header blocked from a corner and Bamford hooked a shot over the bar as Leeds started to take control with the game entering the final quarter. Stuart Dallas also had a shot blocked for the visitors but as the minutes ticked down, the chances started to dry up. Benrahma hit a defensive wall with a free kick and a Hernãndez effort deflected over in the dying minutes but defences were on top in the final stages and neither team could find the crucial winning goal.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva (sub Marcondes 63 mins), Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Fosu 89 mins); Mbeumo (sub Baptiste 89 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Racic, Roerslev, Valencia

Leeds United: Casilla; Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas; Klich, Phillips; Costa, Hernãndez, Harrison; Bamford (sub Augustin 76 mins)

Subs (not used): Meslier, Douglas, Alioski, Berardi, Shackleton, Stevens

Attendance: 12,294 (1,602 away fans)

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Ticket News

Keep checking our Ticket Exchange

The only chance supporters have to secure a place for the match at Griffin Park tonight is via the Ticket Exchange

11 February 2020

We are back to Griffin Park tonight, Tuesday 11 February, when we welcome fellow high-flyers Leeds United. Tickets for this fixture are SOLD OUT but our Ticket Exchange is still open, reselling tickets returned by Season Ticket Holders.

Buy your tickets here

Season ticket holders who can’t make it this weekend can now return their tickets by login to their account here.  

Find out more information in our Ticket Exchange how-to guide here.

TICKET EXCHANGE PRICES

Blocks

Adults

Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors

Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)

30

NA

NA

NA

Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)

35

NA

NA

NA

New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)

30

NA

NA

NA

New Road Stand
(All other blocks)

35

NA

NA

NA

Ealing Road Terrace

30

NA

NA

NA 

All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at exchange.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

MATCHDAY INFO

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Juniors – under 18 (as of the 1 August)
  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Ticket Office. Valid ID must be shown and admin cost of £10 applies.

Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP are required to purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or Junior), the carer will receive a complimentary ticket.

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.

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