Preview: Brentford v Leeds United

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Leeds United will play their last game of the 2021/22 Premier League season on Sunday in West London against Brentford, in a match that gets underway at 4pm, live on Sky Sports!

The Whites know they need to avoid defeat against the Bees in order to have hope of staying in the division, but must also better Burnley’s result – with the Clarets facing Newcastle United at Turf Moor – in order to move past them and out of the bottom three.

Sunday will be the first meeting between the two teams at the new Brentford Community Stadium, after it opened in 2020. Leeds have lost just one of their previous six league matches against the Bees,

When the teams last met this season, Patrick Bamford scored a stoppage time equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Elland Road in a match which saw both teams have the lead in different stages of the game.



Thomas Frank’s side have the opportunity to move into the top 10 of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon, if they take the three points. Currently in 11th place, they could overtake Brighton who are just two points ahead, should they win on Sunday and the Seagulls don’t.

The Bees have had a productive season after being promoted last time out, a year which has seen them win seven, draw three and lose eight on home turf. Leeds are unbeaten in 50 per cent of their matches away from home so far this season, winning four and drawing five.

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Ivan Toney has once again led the goalscoring charts for his club, netting 12 up to now for the Bees along with also providing five assists. For Leeds, Raphinha has led the way all season and has 10, whilst Jack Harrison is next on the list with seven goals.

Brentford have been in good form over recent matches, having won three times in their last five outings, including their last two. The Whites are winless in five, but did end a three match losing run last weekend thanks to Pascal Struijk’s late equalizer.

The man in the middle on Sunday is Paul Tierney. The official has overseen Leeds five times this season, the only win for the Whites in that run was at home to Burnley in January. Tierney has been charge of the Bees just the eleven, also a home win over Burnley, in March.



Elsewhere in the table, the battle at the top of the league between Manchester City and Liverpool goes to the final day to decide who will be champions. The European places between Arsenal and Tottenham, then further down Manchester United and West Ham will also be settled.

Sunday’s clash has been selected for live television coverage on Sky Sports. Live commentary is available as always through LUTV. Alternatively, stay right here on leedsunited.com for updates throughout the match.


Manager/head coach:

Brentford: Thomas Frank

Leeds: Jesse Marchsch

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What has Jesse Marsch said, ahead of the match?

โ€œWe’re excited for this challenge. We know we have to be at our best. I never came here to think it would be easy, I knew we’d have to fight for everything. I’ll make sure we’ll do this on Sunday.โ€


League position

Brentford: 11th

Leeds: 18th


Premier League form

Brentford: WDLWW

Leeds: DLLLD


top scorer

Brentford: Ivan Toney (12)

Leeds: Raphinha (10)


head to head

Brentford: 12

Draws: 15

Leeds:14


A memorable moment against Brentfordโ€ฆ


teamnews

Jesse Marsch is still assessing whether Patrick Bamford can be involved in the match on Sunday after the forward trained this week. The Whites will be without Luke Ayling & Dan James (suspended), whilst Adam Forshaw, Stuart Dallas, Crysencio Summerville and Tyler Roberts remain out injured.

For Brentford, Ethan Pinnock, Saman Ghoddos, Mathias Jorgensen and Frank Onyeka are all likely to be missing from the squad due to various injuries. Sergi Canos could be a player who comes back into the side after recent time out.


Officials

Referee – Paul Tierney

Assistant Referee – Lee Betts

Assistant Referee – Neil Davies

Fourth Official – Robert Jones

Video Assistant Referee – John Brooks


a key battle

Mathias Jensen vs Kalvin Phillips

Take a look at some important stats between two players who will operate at the heart of the midfield for their respective teams.


latest odds

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Brentford: 8/11

Draw: 5/13

Leeds: 4/7


how to watch

Sunday’s clash has been selected for live television coverage on Sky Sports. Live commentary is available as always through LUTV. Alternatively, stay right here on leedsunited.com for updates throughout the match.



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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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