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Championship: Brentford vs Leeds United preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 26 January @19:45 GMT

Venue: Griffin Park (Brentford)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Leeds United vs Brentford 1-1 (2015/2016 Championship)
Leeds United vs Brentford 0-1 (2014/2015 Championship)
Brentford vs Leeds United 2-0 (2014/2015 Championship)
Leeds United vs Brentford 1-1 (2009/2010 League One)
Brentford vs Leeds United 0-0 (2009/2010 League One)

Brentford vs Leeds United prediction

Tuesday’s match at Griffin Park pits together Brentford and Leeds United. With only four points separating the two teams in the Championship standings, there is every chance we will see a close encounter in Brentford.

Morale-boosting win over Preston

Following four consecutive defeats Brentford finally recorded their first win of the new year. The Bees defeated Preston North End at Deepdale Stadium and they will be looking to build on the performance when they take on Leeds United on Tuesday evening. Dean Smith’s troops aim to climb to the top half of the table and it remains to be seen if they are capable of starting a new winning run at home ground after suffering defeats to the likes of Boro and Burnley in previous two games at their Griffin Park. The hosts are in the habit of scoring goals, but Tuesday’s game against Leeds United will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Alan Judge has been in a fine form of late; he found the net in the 3-1 win at Preston, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.

Toumani Diagouraga has joined Leeds United. Andreas Bjelland remains in the recovery room, but coach Dean Smith has no other selection worries ahead of Tuesday’s game. Lasse Vibe should be deployed up front as a lone forward.

Difficulties on the road

Leeds United chiefs have big ambitions for the second half of the 2015/2016 Championship campaign. The club owners did well to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window, with Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga joining the Elland Road outfit. Steve Evans’ men recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bristol City at the weekend, with the team once again proving their worth in front of home fans. However, the team’s away record is anything but good and it has to be noted that they suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday in previous two away games. Chris Wood is undisputedly the team’s key player and all eyes will be on the New Zealand attacker when Leeds United take on Brentford at Griffin Park. The Whites occupy 16th place in the Championship standings ahead of the trip to Brentford, but a win over Bees could see the visitors get level on points with 13th placed Reading.

Chris Wood has overcome his injury and he is likely to return to the starting line-up. Gaetano Berardi should recover in time to face Brentford. New signing Diagouraga could make his Leeds United debut.

Quick Facts

  • Brentford are eyeing their first home win in 2016
  • Bees failed to score in three of their previous four home fixtures
  • Leeds United recorded only one win in last six away games in Championship
  • Whites recorded their last win at Brentford back in 1939
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in each of previous five meetings between the two sides

Brentford vs Leeds United betting tip

The two sides seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, as I have already mentioned, everything suggests we will see a close encounter at Griffin Park. In previous five meetings between the two teams under 2.5 goals were netted and given Leeds’ poor away record, there is every chance we will see a low-scoring affair in Brentford. When the two sides met at Elland Road in the reverse fixture they played out a 1-1 draw, with Mirco Antenucci scoring a late equalizer for Leeds United.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.80 (4/5) @10Bet

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