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“I don’t see” – Chris Sutton issues prediction for Leeds United’s clash with Brentford

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Brentford are unlikely to lose when they make the trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.

That’s according to Chris Sutton, who does however, not believe the Bees will get a win when they travel to Yorkshire either.

Leeds go into this one on something of a high, following their 5-2 thumping of Cardiff City in the FA Cup in midweek.

However they are still in desperate need of Premier League points, having picked up just two wins in their last 15 in the competition, meaning they are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Brentford meanwhile, are enjoying an excellent season, and are currently ninth, well in the hunt for a European place, while they battered Leeds 5-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.

But while Sutton expects Thomas Frank’s side to be a tough challenge again for Leeds, he is not expecting them to claim all three points this time around.

Giving his verdict on the game in his regular predictions column for the BBC, the former Premier League said: “Leeds’ 5-2 defeat at Brentford in September was a real low point for their boss Jesse Marsch, who is still under pressure now.

Marsch is always bullish, win or lose, to talk his side’s performances up and he is a manager who wears his heart on his sleeve.

He could do with a home win – Leeds thumped Cardiff in the FA Cup on Wednesday but they haven’t managed a league victory since 5 November.

Brentford are dangerous though, especially on the counter-attack, and they are streetwise from set-pieces too. I don’t see them losing here.

Sutton has therefore predicted a 2-2 draw between the two sides this afternoon.

You do feel as though this could be a tighter game between these two sides than the reverse fixture.

Georgino Rutter is in line for his Leeds debut, while Wilfried Gnonto and Rodrigo remain in fine form, so they should have more firepower to trouble Brentford than the last time they met.

However, Brentford still have plenty of quality themselves, and they will be fresher having not played in midweek.

As a result, this will be a tough test for both sides you feel, and a point may not be the worst outcome for Leeds, giving them something to build on going forwards.

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