Well that international break was painful, but we did it folks. Saturday welcomes back league football and more importantly welcomes Wigan Athletic to Griffin Park (15:00 GMT). With Brentford fans flapping to try and get tickets to Arsenal away on the 26th September (I’ve got mine!) Saturday offers a chance to bring us back to focus on our aspirations of promotion this season.
Wigan have had a mixed start since their return to the Championship, offering up three wins, one draw and a couple of losses leaving them in 10th position. They’ve continued to play their aggressive style of play, often trying to dominate the attacking aspects of each game but often left open at the back and struggle to hold a lead.
They’re yet to play a side that will really test them on a footballing level this season (apart from an early season Aston Villa) which could lead to some trouble when they’re put up against Brentford’s style of football. This is to take nothing away from Wigan, they are 10th for a reason, but expect a more frustrated and aggressive side should we dominate the possession (which we tend to do, especially at home).
Nick Powell is an obvious key man for the Latics, providing three goals and three assists so far this season. However, Bees fans will be concerned about a familiar face in Will Grigg, also with three goals this season, and will hope that the Brentford defenders have their extinguishers with them to ensure that Will Grigg is not on fire (sorry).
Brentford likely line-up: (4-2-3-1)
Clarke – Konsa – Mepham – Barbet
McEachran – Macleod
Benrahma – Sawyers – Watkins
I expect a full strength Brentford side on Saturday, especially now Neal Maupay is back from suspension. Josh McEachran and Lewis Macleod to continue in the midfield after showing a great start to the season and Said Benrahma to get another start under his belt due to his impressive performances (a league goal is inbound).
Prediction: Wigan will be direct and keen to try and disrupt our rhythm. However, if the players can keep their cool and avoid being sucked into an aggressive game then the skill and technique of players such as Romaine Sawyers, Benrahma and McEachran should see off Wigan comfortably.
Brentford 3 – 0 Wigan
Up the Bees.