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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Guide: Leeds United

Play-Off Semi-Finalists in 2018/19, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be hoping to go one step further this term

7 June 2019

Leeds United 2018/19

League Position: 3rd

Average league attendance: 33,834

Top league goalscorer: Kemar Roofe, 14

 

Despite a heart-breaking defeat to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals, Marcelo Bielsa will remain at Elland Road for another year.

Leeds United confirmed that the Argentine has signed a contract extension until 2020. Bielsa initially signed a two-year deal last summer but with a clause inserted that allowed him and the club to part ways at the end of his first season.

Securing Bielsa’s signature could well be Leeds’ most important piece of business this summer. The former Espanyol, Marseille and Lazio boss brought style and substance to an unfancied Leeds squad last season; the Whites ultimately falling short in the Play-Off Semi-Final against Derby County.

 

The Ground

Elland Road

Miles from Brentford: 195

Capacity: 37,890

Address: Elland Rd, Leeds, LS11 0ES

How to get there

 

Head Coach

Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds began talks with Marcelo Bielsa after sacking Paul Heckingbottom on 1 June; the 63-year-old agreed a two-year deal with an option for a third.

The Argentinian has managed Chile as well as his home nation and has worked at a number of high-profile European clubs, including Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lazio.

Bielsa, who was at the centre of the Spygate scandal in January prior to Leeds’ game at Derby County, has worked wonders at Elland Road, raising hopes of a return to the Premier League for the first time since the Yorkshire club were relegated in 2003/04.

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Key Man

Pablo Hernández

Spanish attacking midfielder Pablo Hernández joined Leeds United initially on loan from Qatari side Al-Arabi in 2016, before signing a permanent deal.

The vastly experienced Hernandez came through the ranks at Valencia and arrived at Elland Road with more than 130 La Liga appearances to his name and four full international caps.

Hernandez, who also had spells at Getafe, Swansea City and Rayo Vallecano, picked up the Leeds United Player of the Year Award and signed a new two-year contract at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The 34-year-old scored two braces in March during victories over West Bromwich Albion and Millwall.

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Last Meeting

 

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 12

Draws: 13

Leeds wins: 13

 

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