Brentford vs Leeds United
Saturday 4 November
Griffin Park, 5.30pm
Sky Bet Championship
With the Dane in charge, United won five and drew two of their opening seven league games, as well as progressing in the EFL Cup with wins over Port Vale and Newport County. A run of four successive league wins came to a crashing halt with defeat at Millwall and since then it's been a troubling time for Whites' fans.
A 3-0 win at Bristol City has been the only bright-spot of a recent run which has seen six defeats in seven, including an EFL Cup exit at the hands of Leicester City, to leave United outside the Play-Off places just over a month after they topped the division.
Leeds were busy in the summer, signing nine players permanently, including Samuel Saiz, Pontus Jansson, and Ezgjan Alioski, and selling 11, most notably Chris Wood who joined Burnley for a reported £15 million. United will be able to welcome back the suspended duo of Gaetano Berardi and Kalvin Phillips but do have fitness concerns over captain Liam Cooper, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, and Caleb Ekuban for tomorrow's trip to Griffin Park.
Born in Denmark to a Spanish mother, Christiansen spent his youth career in his native land before signing for Barcelona B in 1991. He never made a league appearance at the Nou Camp but did play against Werder Bremen in the UEFA Super Cup Final before departing for Real Oviedo in 1996. Thomas also earned both his caps for Spain while at Barca, scoring once. The striker struggled in the lower leagues of Spain, Greece, and Denmark before arriving at VFL Bochum in 2001. It was in Germany that his career flourished: he scored 17 goals during the 2001-02 season as VFL earned promotion back to the Bundesliga and was then top scorer in the league the following season, scoring 21 goals, before knee and shinbone injuries forced him to retire, aged 33, in 2006.
His first managerial job came in 2013 with Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates but he lasted less than a year before taking charge at Cypriot club AEK Larnica FC. AEK achieved their best-ever league finishes in both his seasons in charge and he led them to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League before moving on to Cypriot champions APOEL. His only season in charge saw him win the Cypriot league and lead APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League, their best ever run, before arriving at Elland Road in the summer.
We are expecting our biggest crowd of the season on Saturday but tickets are still on sale to Previous Purchasers from £25 adults and £8 juniors.
iFollow Brentford will be live from 5pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Marcus Gayle, and Mick Cabble.