The hosts, meanwhile, are trying to escape the relegation zone by picking up their first Premier League victory since early November.
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Leeds United vs Brentford Prediction
In their three previous Premier League meetings, these two teams have combined for 14 goals, and this weekend could see plenty more goalmouth action.
While Leeds has the firepower to trouble Brentford at home, we anticipate the Bees to keep up their good form and leave with all three points to increase their chances of finishing in the top six.
Leeds United vs Brentford Match Preview
Leeds won 5-2 at home against Cardiff City in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night, giving them a much-needed confidence boost after going winless in their first five competitive games following the World Cup break.
The Whites secured a favorable fourth-round matchup with either Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood later this month thanks to goals from Wilfried Gnonto, Patrick Bamford, and top scorer Rodrigo.
Jesse Marsch will now be entirely focused on Sunday’s Premier League matchup with Brentford. His Leeds side, which has only won four games in the top flight this season, is one of many organizations facing the possibility of relegation as the season moves into the second half.
Leeds has dropped to 14th place in the table, just two points above the relegation zone, after losing 2-1 away at Aston Villa in their most recent league match. However, they do have a game in hand on all six teams below them.
Since the beginning of last season, Leeds has given up more Premier League goals than any other team (112), and they have only kept a clean sheet once in their last seven encounters with Brentford.
The West Yorkshire team, who has already earned 12 of their season’s total 17 points at Elland Road, will be hoping that their supporters can motivate them toward another successful home result this weekend.
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The Brentford have won four of their last five Premier League games, including a routine 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at home last weekend, so Brentford fans have every right to be excited right now.
For the seventh time this season, the West Londoners were able to earn all three points, and their chances of earning a surprise European spot are still very much alive thanks to goals from Ivan Toney and Mathias Jensen either side of halftime.
In fact, Brentford is currently in eighth place in the Premier League, just four points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth with a game remaining, ahead of both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Thomas Frank’s team is full of confidence as they have only dropped one of their last ten Premier League contests, and they have already defeated Leeds this year, winning 5-2 at home in September thanks to a hat-trick from Ivan Toney.
Brentford have seven points from their last nine possible away from home, including back-to-back victories at West Ham United and Manchester City, and with a win on Sunday, they would become the first team in history to win three straight top-flight games away from home.
Given that the Brentford are unbeaten in all 20 Premier League games in which they have scored the opening goal, getting off to a quick start at Elland Road could be essential to their success on Sunday.
Leeds United vs Brentford Team News
Despite limping off the field against Cardiff with an injury, Leeds manager Marsch has confirmed that January acquisition Maximilian Wober is available for selection on Sunday. Crysencio Summerville, Archie Gray (both ankle), Stuart Dallas (leg), and Adam Forshaw (groin) are all still out injured.
Liam Cooper and Robin Koch were both given the day off in the middle of the week after suffering minor injuries, but they could both make a comeback on Sunday. Pascal Struijk, who was an unused substitute against Cardiff, might also get the call at left-back.
After recovering from a foot injury, Luis Sinisterra entered the game on Wednesday for the final 10 minutes. The Colombian will now compete with Gnonto, Brenden Aaronson, Jack Harrison, and Sam Greenwood for a starting position on the flanks.
Although Rodrigo is anticipated to start in the center of the line, club-record signing Georginio Rutter is available to play on Sunday after failing to register in time to make his Leeds debut against Cardiff.
Pontus Jansson (hamstring) and Frank Onyeka (thigh) are still out for Brentford, and Shandon Baptiste (groin) is getting closer to a return but is not expected to play on Sunday.
While Rico Henry is available after missing the win over Bournemouth due to a calf strain, Aaron Hickey may be called up to the matchday squad for the first time since October. As a result, Vitaly Janelt is likely to return to center-midfield after starting at left-back last time.
Toney, who has 13 Premier League goals in 17 games so far this season, is set to lead the line, and Kevin Schade, a recent Bees signing, will be vying for a starting spot in the attack along with Bryan Mbeumo, Yoane Wissa, and Keane Lewis-Potter.
Possible Leeds United vs Brentford Starting Lineups
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