Second in the league with seven games gone, five wins out of five at Griffin Park and a team which looks frighteningly good. It’s safe to say it’s a great time to be a Brentford fan.
The start to the season has certainly excited many fans, especially as despite last season’s horrific start Brentford still managed to reach the top 10. With some favourable fixtures coming up (and the Arsenal cup tie) it’s a very promising month for the Bees.
The first of these fixtures sees Brentford travel to Suffolk to take on a struggling Ipswich Town, still winless and struggling to find goals. On paper it seems as though it would be a walk in the park, but the Brentford away form is nowhere near as strong as at home.
Ipswich will pose a very physical (almost desperate) threat as they look to improve upon their position. It is true they are a different team than previous seasons, particularly after replacing the dinosaur Mick McCarthy with Paul Hurst.
However, Brentford fans will still remember the Luke Hyam tackle that broke Alan Judge’s leg in this fixture two and a half years ago, and will be wary of making sure the boys come away without any injuries.
Brentford likely line-up: (4-2-3-1)
Dalsgaard – Konsa – Mepham – Barbet
McEachran – Macleod
Benrahma – Sawyers – Watkins
An unchanged Brentford side is likely seeing as how well the team is playing. Maupay is back and firing and will no doubt be key, as will the ability of McEachran, Macleod and Sawyers to undo Ipswich’s defence. Barbet took a clash of heads to the face on Saturday, but through Twitter he has assured fans he is okay so expect him to start. Alan Judge may make a return (and hopefully mark it with a goal!).
Ipswich will scrap and be desperate to get all three points. It is a constant now that teams will be aggressive against Brentford in an attempt to disrupt their rhythm and flair, and expect nothing less here. The Bees are getting the hang of playing against this sort of aggression, and hopefully can improve their away form on Tuesday.
Ipswich 1 – 2 Brentford
Remember that all midweek Championship games are on Sky Sports via the red button, so if you can’t make the trip you can still watch the game (19:45 GMT, Tuesday).
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