Leeds United head to Griffin Park today hoping to extend a four-game unbeaten run against newly promoted Brentford.

Alex Mowatt could make his return for Leeds after time out with a toe injury while Sam Byram will return to the starting XI in place of suspended Gaetano Berardi. Whether this will be the day we see Adryan in action for the first time is debatable after Leeds’ Sporting Director, Nicolas Salerno, claimed earlier this week that he’d been unable to make his debut due to an issue with paperwork. However, Massimo Cellino told Phil Hay the paperwork didn’t prevent him from playing at all and was simply required to seal the buy-out clause we have in place with Flamengo.

The fixture is expected to draw a big crowd at Griffin Park with Leeds’ allocation selling out almost instantly. The demand so far outweighed Leeds’ allocation that many season ticket holders and members who regularly attend away fixtures took to social networks to vent their frustration.

While the loyalty system leaves just as many people disappointed, most would agree that it’s the fairest system for games with a low allocation and would have been the right call in this instance. This is something the club needs to address quickly, because if current form continues, demand will only increase and those who’ve attended regularly for the past few years are going to be left very frustrated if they suddenly find themselves unable to land a ticket. Indeed, the only guarantee fans don’t miss out on the big games would be an away season ticket, which is a luxury few can afford to commit to, especially when there’s so many midweek fixtures nowadays.

Those who did manage to land a ticket could be in for a treat. The lucky few will get to witness Darko Milanic’s first game as Leeds United head coach and it comes at a time of contrasting fortunes for the two teams. Leeds are unbeaten in four and seem to have found their scoring boots in the last couple of outings. Brentford meanwhile look to be struggling. After a fairly solid start to life in the Championship, The Bees haven’t scored in their last two fixtures, losing 4-0 to Middlesbrough last Saturday and 3-0 to Norwich City the Tuesday before.

This being the Championship, form seldom counts for much – and indeed, the bookies have Brentford as favourites – but there’s been a lot of positivity around Leeds United after the last few fixtures and Jason Pearce believes the new head coach can build on that, commenting on an increased emphasis on organisational work in training which he believes will pay dividends.

  • Guitarbug

    If paperwork issues are preventing Adryan from playing, why has he been on the bench? Doesn’t make any sense, Mr Salerno.

  • Alberto

    Forza ragazzi! Vincere per noi…

  • PMH

    Leeds beaten comfortably by Brentford. That should cool down the giddy optimism shown on this website lately. Just a reminder that a couple of wins does not mean promotion. Plus one defeat does not mean relegation. The team needs a lot of work, and we won’t see the finished product for a couple of months, at least.