After suffering a tough defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Leeds United face another test of their promotion credentials as they visit Brentford at Griffin Park.
Victory plus results elsewhere swinging in their favour could see Brentford leapfrog Leeds into second, whilst the Whites look to move to within a point of leaders – West Brom with a win.
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Pontus Jansson is set to be in contention for Brentford after recovering from a hip injury.
Shandon Baptiste and Tariqe Fosu look set to be on the bench once again as they await their first appearance for the Bees, since signing on Deadline Day last month.
Leeds are expected to have Kalvin Phillips in contention after the midfielder completed a three match ban in their 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Tyler Roberts however misses out with a bruised calf but could return on Saturday at home to Bristol City.
Jean-Kevin Augustin could make his first start after replacing Patrick Bamford as a sub at Forest, whilst Gaetano Berardi was an unused sub upon his return from a calf injury.
- Brentford have taken seven points from their last five meetings against Leeds (W2, D1, L2).
- Leeds have failed to score first in each of their last five trips to Griffin Park, which all failed to end in wins for the Yorkshire club (D1, L4).
- Bryan Mbeumo has scored in six of Brentford’s last seven home league games, only failing to score in a 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest at end of January.
- Leeds haven’t lost three consecutive league games in the month of February in any of their last five seasons, although their worst recent haul in that period was just two points in February 2016 (D2, L2).
- Brentford’s current 10 matchday run in the top six is their best such streak since a 14 week run in 2014-15 season, in which they went on to lose in the Play-Off semis to losing finalists – Middlesbrough.
This match is crucial for the promotion hopes of both teams because Leeds just look like they’ve been sussed out, whilst Brentford are in their top stride despite an one-off blip which came in their last midweek game against Forest.
Both teams however were defensively poor at the weekend so attack will definitely be key, especially at a tough ground like Griffin Park which most teams have struggled at this season.
I therefore can’t see pass a Brentford win because they have all the tools needed to trouble a Leeds side who are low on confidence, so this should be a comfortable home win if Mbeumo plus Ollie Watkins are on form.
Prediction: Brentford 2-0 Leeds
Result: Brentford 1-1 Leeds