By Harvey Byrne

Dean Smith has told reporters that Leeds have good players, while noting that Chris Wood could be absent from the Saturday clash.

The Yorkshire giants are preparing to host the London outfit at Elland Road in a Championship encounter.

Garry Monk’s outfit have so far exceeded their pre-season expectations, as they sit in the play-offs in sixth place.

Meanwhile, Smith’s team are down in mid-table in a 14th placed position.

Leeds are strong favourites for the encounter, but they will be without top scorer Wood after he left the field with an injury against Reading in midweek.

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“I played with Gary Monk at Sheffield Wednesday and it is no surprise that he has gone into management,” told Smith to the official Brentford website.

“He did well at Swansea City and stamped his own style onto how they played. He has taken that onto Leeds United and is doing very well there.

“If you can get Elland Road rocking then it’s a hell of a place to play football for their players: It is up to us to quieten that down.

“We have to go about our job and play our football. We have already played at Newcastle United, Aston Villa, and Brighton and Hove Albion this season with a mixed bag of performances.

“We are going into a stadium where there will be vociferous support for the home team but we have to concentrate on what we do. We know that they have good players, although Chris Wood might be out with a hamstring injury, and it will be a good test for us.”

Wood, 25, has 14 goals in 25 fixtures for Leeds this season and will be a big loss for the team if he does miss the clash.

The two sides last met in January with goals from Mustapha Carayol and Sam Saunders resulting in a 1-1 draw.

However, the Leeds team has gone under vast changes under Monk and they will now be eager to pick up all three points as they look to remain in the hunt for the Premier League.

A win for the Whites could see them move up to third place in the table as they look to end their 12-year top flight wait.

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