Leeds hope to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as Brentford visit Elland Road
Leeds United go in search of consecutive Premier League wins for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon, as Brentford travel to Elland Road.
The Whites needed a 93rd minute penalty to squeeze past Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, but the ice in Raphinha’s veins was just what Marcelo Bielsa’s side needed as they put five points between themselves and 18th-placed Burnley.
That result takes some of the pressure off this game, and also gives the Whites an extra two days of recovery over Brentford, who lost 2-0 at Spurs on Thursday night.
Thomas Frank’s side now enter an important period of their season, as they enter a double header against Leeds and Watford, sitting just six points above the drop zone.
After a good start to their season, the Bees have won just one of their last seven games, and need a result to ease fears of being dragged into what looks like an ugly relegation scrap.
After missing Leeds’ last nine games, Patrick Bamford could finally make his return at some stage on Sunday, having been back in training recently following a bad ankle injury. He could replace Tyler Roberts up front, or Rodrigo may get the nod if Bamford is judged to be not up to speed enough to partake in Bielsa’s high octane style.
Pascal Struijk came off at half-time against Palace and will face a late fitness test to determine his fitness, but Luke Ayling and Robin Koch are both definitely missing.
As for Brentford, their injury list is worrysome. They’ve got five missing for the trip to Yorkshire, with defenders Kristoffer Ajer, Mathias Jorgensen and Julian Jeanvier all out with knee and thigh injuries, and Josh DaSilva and goalkeeper David Raya both out too.
Sunday is the first ever game between the two sides in the top flight of English football, with the last 12 meetings coming when both clubs were battling for promotion from the Championship. If those games are anything to go by, it’s good news for Brentford. The Bees have won five of those dozen, with four draws and just three wins for Leeds.
Leeds United take on Brentford at Elland Road on Sunday, December 5th. Kick-off is at 2pm