Leeds United resume Championship action against Brentford after the international break, in what is the first Saturday 3PM kick off of the season for the Whites.

Leeds had several players in action over the break, notably Stuart Dallas playing for Northern Ireland as they edged closer to Euro 2016, Lewis Cook featuring for England U19’s and new signing Jordan Botaka in action for D.R Congo.

It’s an interesting match for Botaka to potentially make his debut in, as new Brentford boss Marinus Dijkhuizen is his former boss at Excelsior, but Uwe Rosler says he might not be ready for a starting berth just yet, after training just once with the squad since signing.

Leeds lost both meetings with Brentford last season, and drew the previous 2, meaning United haven’t beaten the Bees in the last 4 meetings. The sides met twice in Leeds League 1 promotion winning season in 2009/10, but you have to go back to 1954 for the last meeting before then.

Leeds recent form makes for good reading, unbeaten in 7 matches since the end of last season, that run coming after a run of 5 defeats in April, and the unbeaten start to the Championship season has seen 4 draws in the process. Brentford have 4 points from their opening 4 games, a stuttering start to a new regime at Griffin Park after reaching the play-offs in the debut season in the division last year.

Brentford come into the clash after a 3-1 defeat to Reading, with manager Dijkhuizen admitting the international break came at the right time for the Bees. Several key players departed, including top scorer Andre Gray to Burnley, as well as the pitch needing to be relaid, causing their match against Birmingham City to be postponed, and they will be hoping to put their indifferent start behind them.

Leeds, however, come into the game after an impressive late win against Derby and Uwe Rosler will be delighted with the start after a couple of difficult fixtures. The return of Lewis Cook from suspension and Luke Murphy from injury has bolstered his midfield options and he will have a welcome selection headache against his former club.

Key men

Leeds: Chris Wood. 3 goals in his last 3 appearances, including a cracker to seal the points at Derby, have sparked confidence in the striker. The big decision will be whether he plays as a lone striker, or with support from Antenucci.

Brentford: Jota. The spanish attacking midfielder scored 11 goals last season and netted against Leeds in Brentford’s 2-0 win at Griffin Park last season. He’s still looking to get off the mark this season, but is a dangerous presence in between midfield and defence.

Team news

Leeds have one injury doubt, Uwe Rosler revealed, but he wouldn’t say who. Leeds otherwise have an injury free squad and could name an unchanged line-up from the win against Derby County. Jordan Botaka is likely to start on the bench, while Mirco Antenucci and Luke Murphy are pushing for starts, as Rosler can go with either 4-4-2 or 4-5-1/4-3-3.

Brentford welcome new signings Ryan Woods, Marco Djuricin and Sergi Canos and could make changes after a disappointing loss to Reading last time out.

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