Leeds United host Brentford later this afternoon on the back of an indifferent run of form. After having established themselves as pacesetters, the Whites have stumbled to an extent as they are no on level with Boro at the top of the ladder. Fourth-placed West Bromwich Albion are only separated from them by three points and thus, this game is a must-win to restore much-needed confidence.
Having won their last two home league games against Brentford in the previous two seasons, the Peacocks will be optimistic about this one.
Bielsa has no new injury concerns. However, Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi sidelined. Former Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford is a long-term absentee.
Young Bailey Peacock-Farell will guard goal for his side. Although he hasn’t been in the best of form of late and has come under scrutiny for his silly errors in goal, the gaffer has kept faith in him. He will be aiming to return that belief with a clean sheet.
Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson are expected to continue as centre-halves. They will have to be sharper and more disciplined at the back in order to go top of the table.
Barry Douglas has been in good touch since the start of the season and his absence will be a meaty blow for the hosts. His place should be taken up by Tom Pearce, while Luke Ayling will play at right-back.
Kalvin Phillips will do what he does best – sit in front of the back line and dictate play. The youngster will make sure his side dominate possession and cut down counter-attacks. The exciting duo Mateusz Klich and Samuel Saiz are expected to man central midfield. While the latter has the freedom to roam, Klich will work more on creating chances from a deeper role.
Jack Harrison and Ezgjan Alioski should occupy the wings. Although they have been creating plenty of opportunities in games from he wider areas, Bielsa will hope they sharpen their finishing skills, due to the missed chances in recent weeks.
Tyler Roberts will spearhead a weakened Leeds attack in the absence of the regular strikers. Having scored the winning goal in midweek, the teenager will be oozing confidence going into this home fixture.
Probable XI (4-1-4-1)
Pearce – Cooper – Jansson – Ayling
Alioski – Klich – Saiz – Harrison