When Leeds appointed Jesse Marsch as Marcelo Bielsa’s replacement just under a year ago, their aim would have been to be far away from their current position. The Whites are just two points clear of the relegation zone with just four wins from their opening 18 matches, which is remarkable considering two of those victories have come against Chelsea and Liverpool.
Although they are 14th, things are extremely close at the bottom, and Leeds aren’t in good form. They come into this game now winless in their past five Premier League matches, since a 4-3 win over Bournemouth at the start of November. Losing to Tottenham in their final game before the World Cup, Leeds returned from the break in defeat to Manchester City and after draws with Newcastle and West Ham, fell again to Aston Villa.
Brentford, meanwhile, are flying high and could jump up to sixth with a win at Elland Road – though they would also be relying on teams around them to drop points. It’s been an excellent season so far for Thomas Frank’s men, sitting just four points behind fifth-placed Tottenham and well in the race for a top six finish. A top four finish could also be in their sights, though the nine-point gap between them and Newcastle United could be too far to bridge.
The Bees are in great form right now too, unbeaten in seven Premier League matches since a shock 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa back in October. The unbeaten run has seen them beat Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as drawing with Tottenham, continuing to be a thorn in the side of the so-called Big Six.
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Leeds have been terrible defensive this season with only three teams conceding more than their 33 goals in the Premier League this season – and one of those sides is Bournemouth who shipped nine in a single match. Since the start of last season, Leeds have conceded more goals than any other Premier League side with 112, while also amassing just 55 points.
One of the men who will be most looking forward to playing Leeds this weekend is Ivan Toney, who is in phenomenal form. The Englishman has scored 13 goals in 17 Premier League games this season, already bettering his tally from 2021/22 (11).