Brentford vs Leeds United preview

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 2:10pm

A top of the table clash gets underway tonight in the capital and the outcome could drastically alter either side's season

We normally refer to a clash between sides scraping at the bottom to be a proverbial 'six-pointer' but tonight's fixture between promotion hopefuls Brentford and Leeds has an equal amount of importance.

Both sides are vying for an automatic spot but are in vastly different form. 

Leeds have started to stutter again under Marcelo Bielsa. Ex-Leeds United midfielder Andy Couzens told Love Sport Radio he can't figure out why his former club seem to be stumbling again. Just one win in their last five games have seen questioned raised about Bielsa and whether his notorious training regimes are catching up with the players.

On the other hand, Brentford seem to be a club who can do no wrong. The Bees are top of the Championship’s form table, winning four of their last six league fixtures, losing just once in the process. They have scored 15 in this time, which further cements their status as one of the most prolific teams in the division.

So tonight's clash in the capital is of monumental significance for both teams. A win for Leeds, who have failed to win in London in their last six attempts, need to turn their fortunes around and quickly. Beating fifth-placed Brentford could be the catalyst they and Bielsa needs to reinvigorate their promotion charge. 

The Bees meanwhile are aiming to make it three wins out of three, a feat they have been unable to do since October. A win tonight would really start to make fans believe that promotion is a reality. The West Londoners find themselves just two points behind Leeds who occupy the second automatic position, so they could leapfrog their visitors tonight. 

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Team news

Brentford

The hosts will hope to have captain Pontus Jansson back for this evening's game. Jansson, who made 112 league appearances for Leeds and moved to Brentford in the summer, may be available for selection after recovering from a hip injury.

Sergi Canos and Nikolaos Karelis are long-term absentees for Thomas Frank whilst striker Marcus Forss is also unavailable after sustaining an injury when on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

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Leeds

It will be seen whether Bielsa decides to start attacking talent Jean-Kevin Augustin for this one. The Frenchman, who joined recently on loan from German outfit RB Leipzig, came off the bench in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest but has not started a game yet. 

Leeds have confirmed they will be without Tyler Roberts and Adam Forshaw but: "Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas could return to the squad following their minutes with the Under-23s".

Kalvin Phillips is also able to get selected following the completion of his three-game suspension. Bielsa confirmed in his pre-match presser that Phillips will be straight back into the line-up.

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