Eddie Gray asked whether Leeds will recall trio unavailable for Derby defeat; predicts Brentford score

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is sent off by Kevin Friend after earning a second yellow card and a sending off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at...

Leeds United will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship when they travel to Brentford on Saturday.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is sent off by Kevin Friend after earning a second yellow card and a sending off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at...

Eddie Gray has told LUTV that he would throw Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Kalvin Phillips back into the starting lineup for Leeds' clash with Brentford at the weekend as the Whites look to get back to winning ways.

Thomas Christiansen's men will be desperate to go into the international break with a win under their belt with their recent run taking a lot of the shine off their incredibly encouraging start to the season.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United (C) is restrained by team mates after a clash with Matt Taylor of Bristol City resulting in a red card for both during the Sky Bet Championship match...

Leeds have lost six of their last seven in all competitions and have now fallen out of the top six having led the division at one stage. But they will receive a boost for the trip to Griffin Park, with Berardi and Phillips both available after suspensions, while they will also be hoping that captain Cooper will come back after missing the defeat to Derby due to injury.

And Gray insisted that Christiansen should have no hesitation bringing all three men straight back into the side for the game against the Bees.

"Well I think the three of them do. I don't think there's any doubt about that. They've got to start," he told LUTV when asked if Cooper, Berardi and Phillips should all come back into the side.

Cardiff player Kenneth Zohore (l) and Sol Bamba (r) combine to thwart Kalvin Phillips of Leeds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City...

"You look at the midfield when you go to Bristol and Leicester - completely different [than against Derby], more aggressive, I think they'll revert to that. Who plays in the other positions? That's open to debate but the back four, I think he'll revert to what I feel is his strongest."

Leeds do not have the best record against Brentford, winning just one of their previous eight meetings. And Gray is not optimistic that that record will improve too dramatically at the weekend.

"I'm going 1-1, and I'll settle for that," he added.

With Brentford looking impressive at the moment and Leeds looking a different side to the one that went top earlier on in the campaign, you may not find too many fans who disagree with Gray about being content with a point, especially when you consider that Leeds have not won at Brentford since 1950. 

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