Blues Preview vs Brentford

Another game gone by and another draw for Garry Monk’s Blues – we’ve now equalled the total amount of draws from last season.  A stat you can make of what you will.

I’m trying to look at the bigger picture. Yes we probably should be in the top six if we could convert those draws into deserved wins, but we’re a lot better off than what we were at this point last season.

Before the game against Ipswich you’d be adamant Blues we’re going to add a second win of the season the league table. Unfortunately a complacent first half cost us that and had to rely on a rallying second to get a point from a game we should have won. 

Now we look ahead to what has become Brentford’s biggest game of the season – The we signed three of your players derby. It’s no secret that Brentford don’t like us because of our summer raid in 2017, it’s also no secret they have had the better of us since the players moving. That 5-0 drubbing under Steve Cotterill still gives me nightmares. 

Instead we can go into this game with a bit of belief we could come away with something. We’ve looked pretty solid at the back, bar the two sloppy mistakes we saw against Ipswich.

Taking into consideration both results from Saturday this could be a very good game as both teams picked up a draw on the weekend and will be desperate to get another win on the board.

Brentford are definitely the favourites heading into this one. Neal Maupay is an excellent talent and will be a tough test for Harlee Dean and Michael Morrison. Let’s just hope the likes of Jota, Che Adams and potentially Connor Mahoney can also be firing all cylinders and keep the Brentford defenders busy.

Here’s my predicted line-ups for both sides:

Brentford:

Bentley 

Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet

McEachren Sawyers 

Canos, Macleod, Watkins

Maupay 

Birmingham:

Camp

Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen 

Kieftenbeld, Gardner 

Mahoney, Jota, Adams

Jutkiewicz 

I think Kieftenbeld will come back into the side after being used a substitute recently due to the rise of Charlie Lakin. Mahoney definitely needs to be in the starting line-up after literally turning the game on it’s head against Ipswich and showing his true quality and composure on the ball.

Overall I expect a tight game with both sides looking to get the better of the other early on. I’m going to go for a 1-1 draw in this game – something I’d take before kick off. 

Keep Right On!

Picture Credit: Birmingham City

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