This weekend sees the Sky Bet Championship pass the third way mark of the season, as Leeds United meet Brentford at Elland Road on Saturday Lunchtime.
Both teams have made impressive starts to the season and every point is now crucial as the promotion race continues to hot up. Can Leeds hold onto top spot or will Brentford blow the doors wide open at the League summit?
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Barry Douglas joins an extensive injury list after injuring his hamstring in Tuesday’s win over Hull.
Patrick Bamford (knee), Gaetano Berardi (knee), Pablo Hernandez (muscle) and Kemar Roofe (knee) are all absent alongside youngster, Jamie Shackleton.
Brentford have a near full squad available after Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins returned to the squad after their midweek draw with Birmingham City.
Rico Henry is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out for over a year now.
Leeds come into this off the back of a Tyler Roberts winner at Hull in midweek but have been inconsistent since returning from September’s international break.
In their five matches over last four weeks, they have recorded two wins and draws plus a defeat with pattern of DWLDW whilst keeping clean sheets in just their pair of victories.
Their last home game however was their first defeat of season, losing 2-1 to Birmingham.
Brentford meanwhile are in similar form but have three draws alongside a win and loss apiece.
That defeat did come in their last away game at Derby, having initially led through Henrik Dalsgaard’s first minute opener before conceding three goals.
- Leeds have won and lost two of last four meetings (W2, L2).
- Three of those meetings saw only the winning home team score.
- There has been 17 different goal scorers in last eight league meetings between these sides.
- Brentford haven’t lost consecutive league meetings since December 1950.
- Leeds have scored the second highest number of second half goals, netting on 13 occasions. Only West Brom have scored more after the break with 19 goals.
With both teams in similar form, I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if this finishes as a draw but Leeds’ injury crisis will probably cost them here.
Prediction: Leeds 1-2 Brentford