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Match Preview: Leeds United vs Brentford

The build up to our Sunday in Yorkshire

4 December 2021

THE OPPOSITION

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El Loco Bielsa's Leeds United took the top flight by storm last season but it has been a much tougher start this time round. United ended the 2020/21 campaign, their first back in the top flight since the mid-2000s, in ninth, securing more points and scoring more goals than any other promoted side for 20 years.

After such a strong season it was perhaps no surprise that Leeds didn't do much business in the summer, Daniel James (Manchester United), Junior Firpo (Barcelona), and Jack Harrison (Manchester City) their only real additions. However, that wasn't to count on injury issues which have seen Kalvin Phillips, Luke Ayling, Patrick Bamford (pictured above), and others, all miss time so far.

It took United until October to register three points in the league, that coming thanks to a 1-0 win over Watford. While they've only lost five times this season, the same number as fifth-placed Arsenal, Bielsa's side do only have three wins to their name, most-recently thanks to Raphinha's (pictured below) injury-time penalty against Crystal Palace in midweek. 

For such a free-scoring side last season, Leeds, without Bamford, have lacked goals this time round. They've only netted more than once on two occasions all season, against Everton and Norwich, with only Norwich and Wolverhampton Wanderers netting fewer than United's 13, that despite Leeds averaging the fourth most shots per game in the top flight. 

This season has also been one of fine margins for the Elland Road outfit, all but two of their games have been decided by one goal or fewer in either direction. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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When asked for Hot Off The Press, The Athletic's Phil Hay, said: "If Brentford go two up top, he will go three at the back. He has this strategy whereby, if you have one up top, he has two centre-backs in a four and if you play two up, he plays a back three. It will be a 3-3-1-3 system, which he sort of invented way back at Newell’s in the early 90s. Personally – and I do feel the stats back this up - I never feel that Leeds look as comfortable in the 3-3-1-3 as they do in a 4-1-4-1, which is the other system that he uses, but they have been doing it long enough now to know what it is about and to understand it. So unless there is a switch from Thomas Frank, I think it will be that system"

TEAM NEWS

It is as you were for Brentford from Thursday night with Zanka, Tariqe Fosu, Kris Ajer (all hamstring), Josh Dasilva (hip), Julian Jeanvier and David Raya (both knee) on the absentee list. Speaking on Friday, Thomas Frank indicated that Yoane Wissa, Mathias Jensen, and Shandon Baptiste are all closing in on being fit enough to start. 

Leeds United should get a boost this weekend with the return of last season's top scorer Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling from long-term injuries. Pascal Struijk is also likely to be fit meaning Robin Koch (groin) is their only absentee. 

MATCH STATS

  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last six away league matches against Yorkshire sides (W4 D2), last having a longer run without defeat (eight matches) in the county between 2007 and 2011.
  • This is the first top-flight meeting between Leeds United and Brentford since April 1947, with the Bees winning 2-1 at Elland Road. Both sides were relegated at the end of the that campaign.
  • Leeds have lost just one of their last 14 home league meetings with Brentford (W7 D6), going down 1-0 in the Championship in February 2015.
  • Brentford have not conceded more than once in any of their 14 league encounters with Leeds in the 21st century (nine conceded in total), last doing so in a 4-0 defeat in March 1954.

THE MANAGER

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A visionary coach, Marcello Bielsa has been bringing his brand of controlled chaos to football since the 1990s.

A defender for Newell's Old Boys, Instituto and Argentino de Rosario between 1975 and 1980, Bielsa retired aged 25 to focus on coaching. He spent a decade as a youth coach at Old Boys before stepping up to the Manager's chair in 1990. He won two Argentine titles and reached a Copa Libertadores final during his two years in charge. A brief spell in Mexico was followed by a return to Argentina in 1997 to manage Vélez Sarsfield, winning them a league title.

Bielsa rose to prominence as an international manager. He managed the Argentina national side between 1998 and 2004, getting to the 2002 World Cup and then winning Olympic gold in his final year. He took over the Chile national team in 2007. They underwent some big changes, qualifying for the 2010 World Cup for the first time in two campaigns, reaching the Last 16 before losing to Brazil.

He returned to club football with Athletic Bilbao, taking them to finals of the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Europa League. He then moved to Marseille, Lazio and Lille before arriving at Leeds in 2018, ending United's long wait for a return to the Premier League with promotion in 2020.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Marcello Bielsa told leedsunited.com: "Every fixture is an opportunity to balance our numbers. Our objective is that the intensity is always something that identifies us. 

“So far, Brentford have shown to be a different team in the Premier League. The most significant thing is the amount of elements they attack with and the management they have of the ball in all the sectors of the pitch. 

“Anyone who has seen Brentford play this season, can see they attack with six players and they always want to keep the ball. That’s not common in any league.”

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THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: David Coote

Assistant Referees: Nick Hopton and James Mainwaring

Fourth Official: Michael Sailsbury

VAR: Lee Mason 

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

Leeds United 2021/22

169 fouls – Second most in Premier League

36 yellow cards – Most in Premier League 

1 red card – Third-most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

COVID-19 certification spot checks will be in place at Elland Road on Sunday. The home club requests supporters attending matches at Elland Road arrive early due to the COVID-19 certification spot checks and security searches that will be taking place at entry points, as requested in the Club’s Supporter Code of Conduct

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Tomorrow's game is not being shown live in the UK. Fans around the world, can click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

Domestic fans can join Mark Burridge, Ben Burgess, and Isaiah Rankin for live Bees Player Commentary

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Match Reports

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Late goal denies Brentford win

5 December 2021

Brentford were denied three points away from home against Leeds United by a last second equaliser. The Bees came from behind to lead 2-1 in the second half and were on the verge of victory. But substitute Patrick Bamford scored in the last minute of stoppage time to make it 2-2 and ensure the spoils were shared.

To lose the lead so late may take the gloss off a point that Brentford worked hard to earn. They scored two goals in quick succession to turn the game around with Sergi Canós setting up a goal for Shandon Baptiste before scoring himself. But Leeds found a way to level at the death and take a share of the spoils.

It was a frantic opening to the game with both teams on the attack from the first whistle. There were a series of attacks from both sides in the opening exchanges and it looked like there was a desire for an open game. The midfield was well spread, with the central players given space to run in to, but with the risk that passes around them were on when they did not have the ball.

Brentford probably had slightly the better of the opening minutes with Canós and Bryan Mbeumo, paired as a front two, stretching the Leeds defence. Mbeumo had a shot blocked when he found space inside the penalty area, Canós got on to the loose ball and tried to find Vitaly Janelt to tap in, but Junior Firpo got a touch and Illan Meslier was able to gather. Canós saw a shot deflect in to the arms of Meslier after a one-two with Christian Nørgaard and Mbeumo fired wide, first time on the volley, after Ethan Pinnock had darted forward on the left.

Tyler Roberts had a sight of goal for the home side when Brentford dithered in possession, but he sliced his shot and Álvaro Fernández was able to gather. The home side were quick to move the ball forward and hassled Brentford in midfield, but The Bees would have been happier 15 minutes in. Leeds were forced in to a change at that point as Liam Cooper limped off. Rather than a like-for-like change in the centre of defence, the hosts brought on Jack Harrison to play at left wing back and changed their shape.

The delay for the injury and the change in shape, Leeds moved to three centre halves, altered the flow of the game. The hosts matched Brentford up on the flanks and tried to push The Bees back. The game was pretty even when Leeds went ahead just before the half hour. They created space on the right for Raphinha to cross. His first delivery was headed away by Pontus Jansson, but he got the ball back, fizzed a cross in and Roberts arrived to poke it past Fernández on the stretch and put Leeds in front.

Brentford had the ball in midfield just before the goal and Raphinha hacked at Charlie Goode. Referee David Coote played advantage, Brentford lost the ball and the next time Raphinha had it, he was setting up the goal. Roberts drifted in to a fraction of space and needed the slightest touch to put his team in front.

Brentford tried to respond immediately and a Rico Henry cross from a half cleared free kick was headed straight at his own goalkeeper by Firpo. But Leeds counter-attacked, Daniel James set up Roberts and his shot deflected over the bar. Roberts then drilled across the face of goal and Kalvin Phillips fired over from distance as Leeds pushed for a second before the break.

They could have got one immediately after the restart when Luke Ayling met a Raphinha free kick ten yards out. Fernández made a sprawling save high to his right and Mads Roerslev was there to block when Ayling tried to head in the loose ball. That proved to be a crucial moment as Brentford scored twice in quick succession around the hour mark.

The first goal came a little out of nothing as Pinnock played a ball in to the left channel. Henry won his battle with Stuart Dallas and was able to find Canós inside of him. The cross from Canós was blocked but dropped to Baptiste on the edge of the penalty area. He bounced his shot first time, with his left foot, in to the corner of the net. Meslier could only stand a watch as the ball bounced past him, and Brentford were level.

Brentford, all of a sudden, had the momentum. Phillips limped off for Leeds, which altered the dynamic of the midfield battle, and Brentford were dominating. Canós and Mbeumo found space in Leeds territory, Nørgaard and Janelt had control of the centre of the pitch and The Bees pushed on.

Roerslev fed the overlapping Nørgaard as Brentford continued to attack and he tricked his way past Adam Forshaw and in to the penalty area. He found Baptiste, who was tackled by Firpo as he tried to turn. Janelt got to the loose ball and set up Canós, but his shot cannoned in to the face of Ayling and Leeds cleared. Canós had another great chance when he arrived to meet a Roerslev cross, but he headed over the crossbar.

Brentford were pressing and had turned the game around completely just past the hour mark. Nørgaard won possession in the midfield, found Canós and Brentford were away. Baptiste picked up possession and fed Mbeumo, he slipped a ball behind the Leeds defence for Canós to run on to and the shot smashed high past Meslier and in to the net. It had taken Brentford seven minutes to score two goals and they were in front.

Leeds immediately introduced an extra striker, Patrick Bamford, and went ultra-attacking. They played more in Brentford’s half while The Bees tried to take the sting out of the game. There were lots of free kicks and cautions in the later stages as Leeds attacked frantically and Brentford defended deep, while looking to counter when they could.

Fernández saved a Dallas shot when he cut inside off the left and Brentford had a chance when Janelt won the midfield battle and released Mbeumo, who cut inside and saw a shot blocked. Goode blocked a fierce shot from Mateusz Klich and Fernández then denied Roberts. Mbeumo fired a free kick in to a defensive wall and Raphinha fired over after cutting inside.

It looked as if Brentford had done enough when Leeds won a corner in the last minute of stoppage time. Raphinha delivered it from the right, Ayling flicked it on, and Bamford got to it first. The Leeds striker got his knee to the ball and watched as it bounced in off the underside of the crossbar. It was a cruel way for the game to end for Brentford as Leeds grabbed their point.

Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper (sub Harrison 15 mins), Firpo (sub Bamford 68 mins); Forshaw, Phillips (sub Klich 55 mins); Dallas, Raphinha, James; Roberts

Subs (not used): Klaesson, Rodrigo, Cresswell, Summerville, Shackleton, Jenkins

Bookings: Roberts (29 mins), Harrison (75 mins), Klich (75 mins), Raphinha (85 mins), Bamford (90 mins)

Brentford: Fernández; Goode, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Baptiste (sub Onyeka 69 mins), Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Jensen 90 mins), Henry; Canós (sub Wissa 72 mins), Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Cox, Stevens, Thompson, Ghoddos, Forss, Young-Coombes

Bookings: Goode (45 mins), Canós (56 mins), Henry (80 mins)

Attendance: 35,639

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Ticket News

Extra tickets available for our trip to Elland Road in December

All Season Ticket Holders and My Bees Members who have not yet purchased will be able to buy their Leeds Away tickets at 4pm today

16 November 2021

Thomas Frank and The Bees head to Yorkshire on Sunday 5 December (kick-off 2pm) to face Leeds United. All Season Ticket Holders and My Bees Members who have not yet purchased for this fixture will be able to do so at 4pm today. Tickets are subject to availability and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note, if you already bought a restricted view ticket, we are unable to issue a refund. Unfortunately, we are unable to move any seats, so any tickets purchased in this window may not be allocated next to those sold in the previous windows on this occasion.

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ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,650+TAPs: Wednesday 3 November, 3pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 5 November

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Wednesday 3 November, 3pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 5 November
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,500+ TAPs: Friday 5 November, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 8 November

  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Monday 8 November, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)

  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Tuesday 9 November, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

Tickets are available until Thursday 2 December at 5pm (Subject to availability).

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

PRICES

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(over 65) 

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16-18

Under 16

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£30 £28 £28 £21 £18 £9

Disabled prices are £28 (excluding Junior, these are charged at the relevant price band). Carers are eligible for a free ticket. 

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

TRAVEL INFO

There will be a limited number of Brentford FC coaches available for this game. Coaches depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 8.30am - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £40 £30

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 30 November.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

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