Sky Sports expert predicts Leeds United clash v Brentford
Sky Sports expert Lewis Jones has tipped Leeds United to secure a narrow win over Brentford at Elland Road on Sunday.
The Bees visit Yorkshire tomorrow (5 December) and with Marcelo Bielsa’s side keen to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, Jones has predicted a 1-0 victory for them in his column.
Leeds are not as explosive as they were last season, and that has affected their results, but the return of Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling could help fire them to much-needed victory against Brentford.
Jones said: “The goals and entertainment factor may have dried up at Leeds this season but Marcelo Bielsa is still getting a tune out of his troops in terms of their physicality. When that stops, then Leeds will have a problem with their manager.
“Although Leeds’ distance covered per game has dipped slightly, they are still amongst the league’s better running sides.
“As for sprints, they are fractionally ahead this season compared to last. That effort was on show in the win over Palace. It wasn’t vintage Leeds in terms of the quality of their attacks, but they made life very uncomfortable for the visitors.
“It will be more of the same in this one where chances might be easier to come by. Brentford’s defensive output is on the slide. Since Alvaro Fernandez replaced the injured David Raya, only Everton and Manchester United have a greater expected goals against figure than Brentford. Home win.”
Many believe this could be Argentine’s last season at the club, and it appears the Sky Sports man feels the same way.
Leeds are longer entertaining and are struggling to score goals, but they have managed to keep running and pressing teams.
It is the only way they have managed to get results on board this term and it is the basis of how Bielsa plays.
However, frequent injuries could mean that the players can no longer cope with his physical demands.
Nevertheless, it has kept them going this term, but should they tire out, there would definitely be problems.
Another win tomorrow will get the Whites closer to the top half of the table, but their next four games afterwards – Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool – will determine a lot going forward.
Leeds are capable of springing surprises, though, and not many will bet against them getting something from those matches.
In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.