English Championship for me, Sunday afternoon football see’s Brentford host Preston in a game that will be played at Brentford and will kick off at 14:00 UK Time.
The home side head into the game having managed just one win, one draw and one defeat this season. I think looking at the Brentford squad, it’s fair to say they’ve lost some of their top players from last season and as a result, I don’t think they will be pushing for promotion this year. That said, I think they still have a strong enough squad to be able to finish in and around the playoff places.
Ivan Toney managed to get on the scoresheet in his last game away at Millwall last week, the game ended 1-1; however, Millwall went 1-0 up very early doors! Jed Wallace put Millwall in-front after just 4 minutes! An Ivan Toney penalty pulled Brentford level in the 21st minute, but they didn’t have enough to push on for all 3 points. They brought on Said Benrahma on late on, but he didn’t have enough time to make an impact. I’m hopeful that manager Frank will bring Benrahma in for this game.
They beat Premiership side, West Brom, in the cup n the 22nd also, they won on penalties, and although West Brom didn’t prioritise this game with their first team, they did play some experienced players, so a win here was a good result for the Bees.
Brentford head into this game with just one defeat all season, that was the opening game of the season away at Birmingham City, the game ended 1-0 in favour of Birmingham. The score didn’t tell the whole story though as Brentford for me outplayed Birmingham, they created so many chances and had around 16 shots with 63% possession. On another day I think Brentford could have won this game comfortably.
The visitors for the game sit in 19th in the table with one draw and two defeats so far, they have scored two goals and conceded 4 in their opening three games. They have won a game this season, that was a 2-1 victory in the cup vs a poor Derby County.
Since then they’ve managed a 2-2 draw with Norwich and then two straight defeats to Brighton in the cup (2-0) Brighton played an average team also. Then a 1-0 defeat vs Stoke City, Preston were down to 10 men early on as Tom Barkhuizen saw red, so this obviously wouldn’t have helped.