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Can Leeds topple possession-based Brentford?

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Can Leeds topple possession-based Brentford?

Leeds United host Brentford on Saturday afternoon in the final game before the international break.

The Whites are top of the Championship table on goal difference and have lost just one of their opening 11 league fixtures.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa has already managed to implement his possession-based style and high intensity to his side, something which makes them one of the favourites for promotion.

But upcoming opponents Brentford have also dominated teams with the ball this campaign and are currently occupying the final play-off position.


The Bees have the compelling stat of shading possession in 10 of their 11 league games so far, with the only exception a 2-2 draw away to Aston Villa in August.

Leeds boss Bielsa is well aware of Brentford’s strength on the ball and has picked up on their threat.

“It’s a team that needs the ball. You have many teams who feel comfortable without the ball than with the ball and this is not a criticism. Brentford wants the ball, they know what to do when they have the ball. They want to play, they don’t want to lose time,” Bielsa said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Leeds Live.

SWANSEA, WALES – AUGUST 21: Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions to his team during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Both teams have made impressive starts to the campaign and it could be a cracker at Elland between them, with both keen to play expansive attacking football.

Hosts Leeds will expect to have more of the ball, but can be sure that their opponents will be keen to play their passing game and they have several in-form attacking threats.

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