Open and goal-laden billing at Elland Road
Leeds United host Brentford on Sunday afternoon in aiming to pull away from the relegation zone.
The Bees are absolutely flying at the moment and Thomas Frank may be the next manager to earn a very high profile move following his work in West London.
Off-pitch goings on have not affected the performance levels of Ivan Toney and they will fancy their chances of taking something away from Elland Road.
The pressure is still very much on the shoulders of Jesse Marsch in the dugout at Leeds, though they are sat in 14th the Whites are just two points above the relegation zone.
Leeds’ issues have come in their backline as has been the case since promotion to the top-flight, and it feels like Marsch is comfortable looking to out-score opponents rather than defecting to more low margin football.
The Whites have scored 26 goals from 18 league outings so far, creating shooting opportunities at an average of 1.58 expected goals (xG) for per game, an attacking process that would see them compete for a top half finish if they were stronger out of possession.
Brentford have a much stronger process and are excellent in the final third considering the squad that they, the Bees are posting 1.76 xGF per game so far this season, and though their backline is not great, it is far stronger than that of the Whites, which may prove crucial in this fixture.
A goal-fest may ensure, with Brentford probably more than happy to engage in an open game, backing their ability to turn Leeds over and hurt them in transition over the course of the match.
Luis Sinisterra and Stuart Dallas are out for the hosts while Adam Forshaw is doubtful.
The visitors will be without Frank Onyeka, Pontus Jansson and Shandon Baptiste.
It would be a huge shock for a dull affair to play out, the Bees’ comfortable position in the league will allow them to throw caution to the wind and go for all three points.
Leeds have scored in eight of ten.
Leeds have conceded in nine of ten.
Leeds have seen both teams score in eight of ten.
Leeds have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of ten.
Brentford have scored in eight of ten.
Brentford have conceded in eight of ten.
Brentford have seen both teams score in six of ten.
Brentford have seen over 2.5 goals in five of ten.