Leeds United vs Brentford on paper is the best game in the Championship, in terms of the football that should be played. Dean Smith may well be taking charge of his last game in charge of the Bees with media speculation he could be one of the top Aston Villa targets. Either way, this promises to be one of the toughest challenges of both seasons.

Potential XI

GK – Baily Peacock-Farrell – A strange few weeks for the youngster who cost the side dearly at home to Birmingham but has since bounced back. A learning curve and one that can be forgiven given his age and form.

RB – Luke Ayling – Ayling started the Hull game on stange fashion but ended it strong. Having a very good season bombing up and down the right side.

CB – Pontus Jansson – Has been in wonderful form since he broke back into the side and he’ll be dealing with the top scorer in the Championship Neal Maupay tomorrow.

CB – Liam Cooper – The skipper continues to impress this season and he deserves the plaudits that have come his way. He needs to make sure that his consistency continues.

LB – Stuart Dallas – It’s Dallas or Pearce and for me Dallas will win the race. The reason I say that is because Pearce was left on the bench after the injury to Barry Douglas on Tuesday night. Always a player who can fill into many areas.

DM – Kalvin Phillips – Will probably vary between the centre-back role and his usual berth of deep midfield. Getting a lot of headlines this season.

CM – Mateusz Klich – Described in the week by the Yorkshire Evening Post as Bielsa’s “sniper” and it makes perfect sense. Is fast becoming the first name on the team-sheet at Leeds United.

RW – Jack Harrison – Has had moments in games but has struggled at times as well. With Alioski struggling to create down one side there is a lot of pressure on Harrison to deliver.

FW – Samu Saiz – Hasn’t been on it the last couple of games for me but will get space to create tomorrow. We need him to be the spark going forward.

ST – Tyler Roberts – He has certainly worked himself into the plans as a striker in the last month and will get another chance tomorrow.

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