Following Wednesday night’s eventful FA Cup victory, can Leeds United start to get some Premier League points on the board?
In mid-week, Jesse Marsch’s men demolished Cardiff City 5-2 in their FA Cup replay, racing into a 5-0 lead before conceding twice towards the end.
Wilfried Gnonto scored twice, the first a spectacular volley after just 32 seconds, before Rodrigo was on target, with Patrick Bamford coming off the bench to score twice.
In the league though, the Whites are winless in five, beaten 2-1 at Villa Park in their last outing nine days ago.
Overall, Leeds have won just two of their last 15 Premier League fixtures, meaning they start the weekend 14th, just two points clear of danger.
Brentford meantime are 12 points better off so, as a result, are on the cusp of the European places.
The Bees easily beat Bournemouth 2-0 last Saturday night, courtesy of Ivan Toney’s calm penalty and then Mathias Jensen neat finish.
Thomas Frank’s team have now won three games on the spin and are unbeaten in seven, dating back to mid-October.
The three Premier League meetings between these two have produced 14 goals, with Brentford prevailing 5-2 back in September.
While the winner of this game is tough to call, it should certainly guarantee goals.
Leeds United team news
Jesse Marsch put out a very strong team against Cardiff on Wednesday, so isn’t likely to make too many changes here.
Club-record signing Georginio Rutter, who’s joined from Hoffenheim, will be hoping to make his debut, probably from the bench.
Fellow January edition Maximilian Wöber hobbled off in mid-week, making him a doubt for this one, with Pascal Struijk set to return in his place.
Crysencio Summerville remains sidelined, but Wilfried Gnonto is on fire just now, scoring three goals in four appearances in 2023.
Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch and Marc Roca are one booking away from missing Leeds’ next league game, a trip to Nottingham Forest, suspended.
Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Struijk; Adams, Roca, Harrison, Aaronson, Gnonto; Rodrigo.
Brentford team news
Left-back Rico Henry missed last weekend’s win over Bournemouth injured, but should be fit enough to return here.
Meanwhile, Ivan Toney made his return in that game, converting a penalty, as is his wont, despite suffering a serious looking knee injury at West Ham just a couple of weeks earlier.
Toney scored a hat-trick when Leeds visited West London, netting 14 times overall this season.
Fellow forward Kevin Schade, who’s arrived from Freiburg, has made two substitute appearances so far, and will be on the bench once more.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Raya; Ajer, Pinnock, Mee, Henry; Jensen, Nørgaard, Dasilva; Mbuemo, Toney, Wissa.