Leeds United v Brentford: YEP jury predictions

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Following the international break United return to Championship duty with something of a rarity these days – a 3pm Saturday kick-off at Elland Road!

With a first win of the season away at Derby County still fresh in their minds the Whites will be wanting to register their first three points of the season on home soil when they entertain Brentford. The Bees were the surprise package of last season as, following promotion from League One, they managed to reach the Championship play-offs under former coach Mark Warburton, who has since departed to Glasgow Rangers to be replaced by Marinus Dijkhuizen.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

United are one of only four teams in the Championship that remain unbeaten and there was further good news during the international break when Paul Hart returned to head up the United Academy, hoping to rekindle glories of the past and establish solid foundations for the future.

The recent signings, on and off the field, and the apparent stability must also be credited to Adam Pearson, a man who very much appears to follow the mantra of ‘actions speak louder than words’.

The Bees arrive at LS11 some three points worse off than their hosts, having played a game less. Their opponents so far bear an amazing similarity to United’s, however while they were victorious against Bristol City, they suffered defeats against Burnley and Reading and are yet to register a clean sheet.

Both coach Uwe Rosler and Stuart Dallas will be wanting to impress their former employees and we may well see a debut for recent transfer window signing Jordan Botaka. Chris Wood seems to be settling in well and, for me Charlie Taylor, has been a revelation at left-back with some assured displays against tricky opponents. The next step for the Whites will be trying to bring in some increased frugality to a defence that has only kept one clean sheet to date. Currently sitting in mid-table, the next group of six-to-eight games will probably decide whether we are likely to be looking upwards or downwards this season. It’s now time to make a further statement of intent and turn LS11 into the fortress we all know it can be.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Brentford 1.

Gary Newbould

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Championship football returns on Saturday and at three o’clock it will be the first time this season that Leeds have kicked off on this day at this time.

Hopefully we can maintain the impressive, unbeaten start to the season at home to one of the surprises of last season, Brentford who made the top six after promotion to Championship in the season before. They will hope to challenge for at least a top 10 place, but their results so far have been disappointing.

Leeds lost both games last season, 2-0 at Brentford and 1-0 at Elland Road.

Josh McEeachran will be pitted against Lewis Cook in a midfield battle.

When everybody is available, the only position I think is up for conjecture is the right-hand side of the front three.

Sam Byram started well pre-season but while the transfer window was open he seemed under par.

And with the addition of Jordan Botaka it gives Uwe Rosler another option on either wing.

Stuart Dallas has shown that he can be used on the right wing but I expect the side that started the Derby game to continue.

With a probable 25,000 thousand crowd behind them, I expect the first home win of the season.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Brentford 0

Keith Ingham

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Saturday’s visitors Brentford are not the team they were last season under new boss Marinus Dijkhuizen, but neither can Leeds take victory for granted, especially after the momentum-ending international break.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Brentford 1.

James Harrison

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It’s always uncertain how a team will play after an international break and for Leeds the question is: “Has this break interrupted our momentum?”

The win and peerless first half at Derby seems ages ago.

We’ve since signed Jordan Botaka and we wonder if he’ll feature or even if he’s fit after duty with the DR Congo.

Lewis Cook was supreme at Derby but he’s been with England Under-19s and Stuart Dallas played twice for Northern Ireland too. The Bees league record is P4 W1 D1 L2, having played three sides Leeds have met; Reading and Burnley both beat Brentford but the Bees won 4 – 2 at Bristol where we only drew. I expect Leeds to edge this one.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Brentford 1.

David Watkins

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Brentford look beatable and this should be a United victory.

It will be interesting to see how Rosler incorporates Jordan Botaka into the squad and whether Mirco Antenucci will continue warming the bench. .

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Brentford 1.

Matthew Evans

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Uwe Rosler made his name in management with the Griffin Park club but sentiment will be shoved to one side as he looks for his new charges to press on and build on the decent start the Whites have made.

Brentford were one of the surprise packages last season and made the play-offs but I fancy them to fall away this year. The removal of Mark Warburton as coach was seen as a strange decision and the start made by Marinus Dijkhuizen’s men has been as patchy as the Griffin Park pitch. You feel that if Leeds are to challenge for promotion, then this is the sort of game we would be expected to win. I think Uwe will be celebrating his first Elland Road victory come 5pm Saturday.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Brentford 0.

Stephen Clark

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